Jimmy Smith – Not A Scratch

But starters Matt Birk, Ed Dickson, David Reed and Domonique Foxworth are.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, August 11th, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, Mike Duffy, Preseason 1 at Eagles

Ravens first-round draft pick Jimmy Smith was not listed on the club’s official scratch list for Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

While it is uncertain how much time Smith will get – he has been nursing a tweaked groin – the fact that he is not ruled out is positive news.

Additionally, the Ravens will not have the services of starting center Matt Birk and cornerback Domonique Foxworth.

Both players are dealing with knee injuries – Foxworth coming off a season-ender in 2010 and Birk coming off a recent surgery.

In their places, the Ravens will start Bryan Mattison at center, while Lardarius Webb could be the starter at corner.

The Ravens also deactivated wideouts David Reed, Rodney Bradley and James Hardy; running backs Ricky Williams and Matt Lawrence; tight end Ed Dickson; defensive tackle Brandon McKinney; and offensive tackle Ramon Harewood.

Tight end Dennis Pitta will start for Dickson, while second-round draft pick Torrey Smith will start for Reed.

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