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.