FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith left Monday night’s game in the first quarter with what appeared to be a right ankle injury. Smith was on the ground in obvious pain after making a tackle near the goal line. He was helped off the field putting virtually no weight on his right leg, and was carted to the locker room.
There was no immediate word on the severity of Smith’s injury, but this was not a good development for the Ravens’ defense. Smith is the team’s best cornerback, and his ability to matchup with the opponent’s best wide receiver is crucial for the Ravens’ secondary. When Smith was injured against the Giants earlier this season, it led to a 200-yard second half performance by Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. that led to a Giants victory.
It was just announced that Jimmy Smith is DOUBTFUL to return with ankle injury. #BalvsNE— Clifton Brown (@CliftonGBrown) December 13, 2016
Without Smith, the pressure would fall on other corners like Shareece Wright, Tavon Young, and Jerraud Powers to pick up the slack. However, none of them have Smith’s size or talent, and if Smith is out for an extended period, it could be a significant blow to their defense as they attempt to clinch a playoff spot.