Baltimore Ravens

Jimmy Smith doubtful to play Sunday against Bengals

The Ravens may get back strong-side linebacker Elvis Dumervil for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but it appears that their defense will still be without top cornerback Jimmy Smith. Smith didn't practice all week because of a back injury and he was listed as doubtful on the game's final injury report.

The Ravens have not had a player who was listed as doubtful play this season, although head coach John Harbaugh wasn't ready Friday to rule out Smith, who was sidelined for last Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys.


Smith declined to speak to reporters when approached at his locker after Friday's practice.

"If he gets healthy enough, he'll play in the game even without the practice," Harbaugh said. "I think they have a better handle on exactly what [the injury] is right now.  Specifically, they have a good handle on it. It's more muscular. That's good news. If it clears up and he can go, he'll play. If it doesn't, if he can't be close to 100 percent, we'll just have to wait till next week. We're confident in the guys we have as well."


With Smith out last week, the Ravens cornerbacks Tavon Young, Jerraud Powers and Shareece Wright struggled to deal with the Cowboys' passing game. Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 301 yards and three touchdown passes, both to Dez Bryant, who probably benefited the most from Smith's absence.

With star receiver A.J. Green and versatile running back Giovani Bernard both injured, the Bengals don't have the offensive weapons that the Cowboys possess.

The Ravens could also benefit from Dumervil's return. The veteran pass rusher was a full participant in practice all week and appears in line to play in his first game since Oct. 9 against the Washington Redskins. Dumervil, who has been limited to just two games this year as he recovers from offseason foot surgery, is questionable to face the Bengals.

"I think he looked good in practice," Harbaugh said. "Again, it's going to be up to the medical people to determine that. It's always been a medical issue. It's good to see him out there at practice, taking a good number of reps. He didn't take every rep, but he took a good number of reps in the rotation, so we'll just have to see when the time comes, whether he gets cleared to go."

The Ravens did rule out rookie guard Alex Lewis, who will miss his second consecutive game with a high ankle sprain; and reserve running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh).

Like Smith, tight end Crockett Gillmore (thigh) is doubtful to play Sunday. He didn't practice Friday and is expected to miss his fourth consecutive game. Defensive linemen Timmy Jernigan (shoulder) and Brandon Williams (back/hand) and guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder) are all questionable but are expected to play.