OWINGS MILLS - At different points during last week's game against the Buffalo Bills, Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith could be seen on the stationary bike on Baltimore's sideline.
Smith suffered a bruised gluteal muscle early in the game. And at times afterward, Smith could be seen either limping or attempting to keep the leg loose on the stationary bike.
But while Smith may have been dealing with pain or discomfort, he was on the field on the field for nearly every defensive snap, and his play was a primary reason the Ravens were able to limit Bills standout wide receiver Stevie Johnson to one catch for -1 yard.
Smith had a bad game against the Atlanta Falcons during the preseason, and he struggled during Baltimore's loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 1, but the game against Buffalo was another positive showing for Smith as he continues to finally look like the viable starting cornerback the Ravens expected to get when they took Smith in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft.
"He fought through [the injury] the whole game ... and played very well with that," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.
Smith was called for a 17-yard pass interference penalty during the first quarter. But according to Pro Football Focus, the Bills completed just one pass with Smith in coverage, an 11-yard pass to wide receiver Robert Woods.
"I thought he did a great job against Johnson," Baltimore defensive coordinator Dean Pees said, later adding, "I know we had that pass interference call. But to be honest with you, I'd tell Jimmy to do the same thing every time because some receivers have learned over the years how to flop when they get hit. Hey, it's not bad. If you get jammed up, that's probably what you ought to do. You may get a call, and he got one.
"But I think [Jimmy] has really been playing consistent, and that's what we're looking for [from] him. I think I said that a couple weeks ago that that's what he really needed to do was be consistent. Hopefully, it's trending in the right direction."