BALTIMORE – Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was inactive for Sunday’s game against the Bengals, missing his second straight game. However, outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil was active, dressing for only the third time this season, and for the first time since Week 5 against the Redskins.
Joining Smith on the Ravens’ inactive list were outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith, tight end Crockett Gillmore, running back Lorenzo Taliaferro, linebacker Kamalei Correa, and guards Ryan Jensen and Alex Lewis.
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The Ravens hope Dumervil will finally be healthy enough to strengthen their pass rush. With 96 career sacks, Dumervil figured to be a lock to reach 100 career sacks this season. However, Dumervil had a setback after returning from offseason foot surgery in Week 4, and it has taken him more than a month to get back on the field. Dumervil returned to practice before the Cowboys game in Week 11, and after another week of practice, the coaches and doctors determined that Dumervil was finally ready for game action.
It was interesting that while Dumervil was active, Za’Darius Smith was not. Smith has just one sack this season after getting 5 ½ as a rookie. Smith was not on the injury report all week, and his benching for this game could be a message.
Ravens tight end Nick Boyle was also active for the first time this season, after serving a 10-game suspension from the NFL for his second performance enhancing drug violation. Boyle is the Ravens’ best healthy blocking tight end, and could see action in running situations, and on special teams.
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