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The Ravens won’t have the services of first-round draft pick Jimmy Smith for the next few games, as Head Coach John Harbaugh confirmed that the rookie has a high-ankle sprain.
Smith, who is wearing a protective boot and using crutches, sustained the injury on the Ravens’ first kickoff of their 35-7 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
“Jimmy’s the one guy that had an injury that something was a little more serious,” said Harbaugh in a Monday press conference. “He does have a high-ankle sprain, so that’s going to be a few weeks.”
The Ravens were kicking off after scoring a touchdown on their opening drive when Smith ran down the field to make a tackle.
Baltimore’s medical staff helped him off the field and into the locker room, and he did not return.
“We’ll just have to see how it plays out. Hopefully, he’s a quick healer,” said Harbaugh. “That was a tough one. First kickoff, he runs down there, is fighting like crazy and gets caught up in a pile.”
Meanwhile, fellow cornerback Chris Carr’s hamstring injury is not a tear, according to Harbaugh. The seven-year veteran had dealt with it off and on throughout the preseason, and he had to leave in the first half.
The Ravens will be cautious in working Carr back into the lineup.
“It is grabbing on him at times,” said Harbaugh. “One of these times he is going to get through and it’s not going to grab on him. The thing that we do want to avoid – and I think your point is well taken – we don’t want it to tear. We don’t want a hamstring tear in there.
“That’s why we have shut him down pretty quick whenever he has an issue with it.”
Heading into the regular season, cornerback was considered one of the Ravens’ deepest positions.
But with Cary Williams suffering cramps and Smith and Carr unavailable, the Ravens were forced to play safety Haruki Nakamura in their nickel packages at times.
“When you’ve got guys that can play inside or outside, high or low as safeties, that kind of versatility is huge in a game like that when you start losing guys,” said Harbaugh.