John Harbaugh 'hopeful' about Steve Smith Sr.; Justin Forsett doesn't have high ankle sprain

Jon Meoli
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John Harbaugh is "very hopeful" on Steve Smith for this week; early prognosis on Justin Forsett a "good sign."

Ravens coach John Harbaugh gave what seemed to be positive updates on running back Justin Forsett and wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. in his Monday news conference.

Forsett had his ankle rolled up on during the tackle after his 32-yard reception in the fourth quarter put the Ravens well within range for a game-winning touchdown. Harbaugh said Forsett was still being looked at, but "it's not a high-ankle" sprain.

“I can tell you that,” Harbaugh said. “So that’s a good sign. That gives him a chance for this week.”

Harbaugh also confirmed that Will Davis will be out for the season with a torn ACL. He didn't have updated on other players injured on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

Those players — outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (groin), cornerback Lardarius Webb (thigh), and receiver Darren Waller (concussion) — were still being evaluated, Harbaugh said, and some were having MRIs.

As for Smith, the standout wide receiver who despite playing sparingly in the second half against Pittsburgh and missing Sunday’s loss to the Browns with microfractures in his back has nearly as many receiving yards (373) as the rest of the team’s wide receivers combined (395), Harbaugh said his status wasn't determine until gametime Sunday.

“There’s always a chance with Steve Smith,” Harbaugh said. “Always. Never rule Steve Smith out.”

As for him returning this week, Harbaugh seemed optimistic.

“We’ll see,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t know. He was in here training hard, so that’s a good sign. I’m hopeful, very hopeful.”

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