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Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith to undergo MRI on Monday after suffering right knee injury

Ravens starting cornerback Jimmy Smith did not return to Sunday’s season opener against the Miami Dolphins after suffering a right knee injury in the first quarter.

The severity of the injury has yet to be determined, but coach John Harbaugh said after the 59-10 win that it is not season ending. Smith’s scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday.

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“We’ll just see if it’s days or weeks or what,” Harbaugh said.

Smith was hurt on the second play of the Dolphins’ second drive after inside linebacker Patrick Onwuasor rolled up on Smith’s right leg. Athletic trainers tended to the 31-year-old Smith, who limped off the field on his own power and later walked to the locker room.

Smith, who rejoined the team on the sideline in street clothes for the second half, has a history of injury problems over his career, including to his Achilles tendon, ankle, Lisfranc (foot) and back. But he’s avoided serious knee issues.

While cornerback is the Ravens’ deepest position on defense, the team already has lost top slot cornerback Tavon Young to a season-ending neck injury. With Smith out, cornerback Anthony Averett was added to the regular rotation. Averett fell in coverage on the Dolphins’ lone touchdown, a 6-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to rookie wide receiver Preston Williams near the end of the first half.

“I’ve been playing this game for so long," safety Earl Thomas said. "As soon as [Smith] got out, I understand what the possibilities could be. Like now, they’re going to try and attack Double-A, but he still held up. He had a pick, but it was out of bounds. He had a couple of pass breakups. He tripped on the touchdown pass.

"That stuff is very fixable. I think he stepped up, and that’s what these younger guys got to do when somebody goes down. That’s the reason we’re so hard on them in practice. We need that depth and we need you to come in and not miss a beat.”

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