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Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith never doubted he would play vs. Jets on Sunday

Despite being limited in practice last week because of a concussion, Jimmy Smith made his customary start at cornerback in the Ravens' 24-16 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Although he was listed as questionable to play, Smith did not have any doubts that he would start.

"It was simple," he said. "You get banged up all the time, and you just keep on going. It wasn't that much. It was just getting my mind ready to play."

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Smith's quick recovery from a concussion sustained in the team's 27-23 loss to the New York Giants on Oct. 16 should not be too surprising. He bounced back in similar fashion after banging helmets with Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell in a Thursday night game on Nov. 28, 2013, and started against the Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 8.

Asked if anything would have prevented him from playing this past Sunday, Smith replied, "If I had severe symptoms or something like that. But that wasn't the case."

Smith's return was a boon to a defense that had surrendered 211 yards and two touchdowns to Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. after Smith left in the second quarter. Smith was matched up primarily against Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who caught only three passes for 39 yards despite being targeted a team-high eight times.

But in light of the Ravens' dropping their fourth straight contest, Smith was not in much of a mood to celebrate his accomplishment against one of the best wideouts in the NFL.

"I think he caught some stuff in some zone coverages," he said. "It's hard to really look at an individual performance when as an entirety, we didn't win the game. We didn't do a good enough job on defense. We gave up three touchdowns. That's unacceptable for us."

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