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CB Jimmy Smith inactive against Cowboys

CB Jimmy Smith inactive against Cowboys

ARLINGTON – Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith (back) was inactive for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys, as was outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil. Not having Smith, the Ravens’ best cornerback, figured to make the task of trying to contain Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant far more difficult.

In positive injury news for the Ravens, Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda was active for the game, meaning the Ravens were missing just one starting offensive lineman – left guard Alex Lewis. Dumervil, Smith, and Lewis were joined on the inactive list by running back Lorenzo Taliaferro, offensive lineman Ryan Jensen, tight end Crockett Gillmore, and cornerback Asa Jackson.

The Ravens must hope that Smith’s back problem does not linger. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said during the week that he expected Smith to play, and he made the trip to Texas. However, without Smith, more responsibility would fall on corners Shareece Wright, Tavon Young, and Jerraud Powers to deal with Bryant’s size, strength and ability. 

The Ravens entered the game with the NFL’s No. 1 ranked defense, but when Smith missed the second half against the Giants last month, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. exploded on the Ravens and led the Giants to victory. The Ravens need to defend Bryant far better than they defended Beckham to pull off an upset.

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Ravens' Sam Koch teaches celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay how to punt

Ravens' Sam Koch teaches celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay how to punt

Sam Koch teaching celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay how to punt at M&T Bank Stadium isn't exactly the football highlight you'd expect to find in late February. 

But hey, here we are. 

Ramsay is pretty good at punting based on this clip, though we don't know exactly how many attempts and cuss-word filled rants went on before it. 

His connection to the Ravens? Glad you asked. Ramsay opened a restaurant in Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in 2017. He met a few players and toured the stadium back then, so he's returned to get more action on the field. 

Maybe now Ramsay can teach some Ravens players to make his perfect burger. 

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Lamar Jackson's college teammate recounts the time he tackled the elusive QB

Lamar Jackson's college teammate recounts the time he tackled the elusive QB

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is hard enough to bring down during live action, but that task is impossible during practices when he's donning an alternate, no-contact jersey in practice. 

But during a live scrimmage when he was at Louisville, linebacker Jonathan Greenland claims he did what many NFL defenders struggled to do in 2019: Tackle the ever-elusive Jackson. 

"I actually tackled him one time. I think that was our freshman year when he was live for like one time," Greenland said at a podium appearance during the NFL combine. "He probably ain't gonna tell you that. But I always got the video and all that."

Greenland and Jackson were both members of Lousiville's 2015 recruiting class.

Greenland may have tackled him once, but on another play, Jackson showed he was on a different level than most others on the field. 

"He took it for like 60-70 yards," Greenland said. "I'm running down the field, but I'm not catching him, No. 1. But, two, it's just like 'this kid gonna be special.'"

The two former Cardinals played together from 2015 to the 2017 season, which was Jackson's Heisman Trophy year before the quarterback entered the draft. 

Meanwhile, Greenland returned to Louisville in 2018 but suffered a season-ending wrist injury on the first series of the season. He transferred to Florida for his final season of college. During his only season as a Gator, Greenland racked up 52 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. 

That production alone is enough for teams to covet the pass rusher in the draft. But if you're an NFL team that Jackson terrorized in 2019, a proven ability to tackle the Ravens star quarterback is an added reason to select Greenland.

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