It appears the Ravens will enter Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys without their top cornerback. Jimmy Smith was a limited participant in practice Friday after missing the previous two days and he was listed as doubtful on the game's final injury report.
Still, Ravens coach John Harbaugh wasn't ready to rule Smith out for the game.
"We'll just wait and see what the doctors tell us," Harbaugh said. "His back tightened up a little bit. We'll just have to see how it responds – whatever the doctors say. He wants to play, and we'll know. The fact that he was out here today, I think, is a good sign."
Smith declined to comment after Friday's practice when he was asked about his health. If he can't play, the veteran cornerback would be a significant loss, leaving the Ravens without a big and physical cornerback to match up against Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant. In the past few weeks, Smith has had much success matching up with big receivers, like the New York Jets' Brandon Marshall and the Cleveland Browns' Terrelle Pryor.
Tight end Crockett Gillmore (thigh) and starting left guard Alex Lewis (ankle) were both ruled out for Sunday's game while running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh) and strong-side linebacker Elvis Dumervil (foot) joined Smith as doubtful. Dumervil, who hasn't played since Oct.9, practiced this week, but may still need some more practice time before he returns to game action.
"He responded well," Harbaugh said. "I don't think he had any problems after the two workouts. He looked good. He looked quick and explosive, which is what I was looking for. I know Elvis wants to play, and I know I want him to play. It will be up to the doctors whether they allow him to play or not, but he sure looked good in practice."