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Ravens defensive backs Jimmy Smith, Terrence Brooks ahead of schedule coming off injuries

Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was coy in April when asked about the status of his surgically repaired foot.

During an organized team activity Thursday, Smith wasn't hesitant in his movements as he routinely shadowed wide receivers in passing drills.

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Signed to a four-year, $48 million contract this offseason, Smith appears to be on his way to a full and relatively speedy recovery after undergoing surgery in November for a Lisfranc foot sprain.

"He's probably ahead of schedule," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "I saw a little competitive streak. I tried to remind him he has the red jersey. He won't put it on. He just has it tucked in his belt right there. So, I think that tells you where his mind is at."

Meanwhile, free safety Terrence Brooks is running after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee in December. Brooks is slated to start the season on the physically unable to perform list.

"Terrence Brooks is doing really well," Harbaugh said. "No predictions right now, but he looks good. He has worked hard."

Brooks got hurt while covering the kickoff against the Jacksonville Jaguars and had the damage repaired by Dr. James Andrews. Brooks recently told The Baltimore Sun that he's made steady progress in his rehabilitation. He hasn't ruled out a return this year, but will be careful about rushing to avoid a setback.

"It's going really good," Brooks said. "To be honest, we're probably a little bit ahead of schedule. I haven't had a break since I've been hurt. It's been straight rehab since Dr. Andrews did the surgery. It's feeling pretty strong."

Brooks was drafted in the third round last year out of Florida State and finished with 19 tackles, two passes defended and a fumble recovery in 11 games.

Alhough Brooks didn't start a game as a rookie after being drafted in third round out of Florida State he displayed potential. He delivered a concussion-causing hit when he blasted Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker. He was also benched after allowing a long touchdown pass to wide receiver Marques Colston against the New Orleans Saints.

Brooks will miss at least the first six games of the regular season.

"We're just hoping for the best, trying to get back as soon as possible," Brooks said. "We're taking precautious. We definitely don't want to rush back too fast. If you do get cleared, playing this year is definitely a goal. You don't want to rush it.

"For the most part, you have to be cautious and take it easy. After we get off of the PUP list, we'll see where we're at. I definitely want to get back into it, but we're taking our time. I have high hopes of being ready."

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