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Ravens defenders Jimmy Smith and Elvis Dumervil both out versus Cowboys

The Ravens are missing some of their top defensive players in a matchup against the red-hot Dallas Cowboys.

The Ravens will have to deal with the NFL’s hottest offense and star Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant without their top cornerback, Jimmy Smith.

Smith, who practiced on a limited basis Friday but was listed as doubtful for the game, is inactive because of a back injury. That’s a significant setback for the Ravens who were hoping that the 6-foot-2, 210-pound cornerback could match up with Bryant who is 6-foot-2, 220 pounds. The Ravens now will depend on rookie Tavon Young (5-9, 177), Shareece Wright (5-11, 184) and Jerraud Powers (5-10, 193) to deal with Bryant.  

Ravens strong-side linebacker Elvis Dumervil is also inactive and will miss his fifth straight game and his eighth game this season. He did practice this week and could be in position to return for next week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Of the Ravens seven inactives, five of them were injury-related. Along with Smith and Dumervil, tight end Crockett Gillmore (thigh), guard Alex Lewis (high ankle sprain) and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh) were all scratched.

Gillmore is missing his third straight game, while Lewis is sidelined for the first time this season.

The Ravens’ two healthy inactives are cornerback Asa Jackson and offensive lineman Ryan Jensen.     

All five Ravens listed as questionable – guard Marshal Yanda, linebackers C.J. Mosley and Kamalei Correa, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and Wright – are active.

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