Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Bengals after missing an entire week of practice with a back issue.
If Smith is unable to play for the second straight week, the Ravens will continue to rely on Shareece Wright, Tavon Young and Jerraud Powers as their primary corners. And whether Smith plays or not, the Ravens won’t have to game plan for Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, who will miss Sunday with a hamstring injury.
Ravens safety Eric Weddle said that regardless of the status of Smith and Green, the Ravens’ defense should focus on playing at a high level.
“Whether Jimmy is in there or not, we have to step our game up, myself included, to get off the field,” Weddle said. “I wish he (Green) was playing. I love competing against the best. I think he’s an amazing player and an even better person from all of the times I’ve played against him and played against the Bengals.”
As expected, Ravens left guard Alex Lewis (ankle) was declared out for Sunday, along with tight end Crockett Gillmore (thigh). Four Ravens were listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report – outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil (foot), defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (shoulder), defensive tackle Brandon Williams (back/hand) and guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder).
Running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh) also was listed as doubtful.