Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith has been officially ruled out for the Christmas Day game in Pittsburgh with an ankle injury. The decision was not a surprise, as Smith was still wearing a protective boot on his ankle in the locker room Friday, and he has not practiced since suffering the injury Dec. 12.
The Ravens will attempt to contain Steelers star receiver Antonio Brown without Smith, their best corner. Cornerbacks Jerraud Powers, Tavon Young, and Shareece Wright will all take turns shadowing Brown, along with safety help from Eric Weddle and Lardarius Webb.
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Ravens rookie linebacker Kamalei Correa (ribs) was also ruled out, while four Ravens were listed as questionable on the injury report – wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. (thigh), defensive end Brent Urban (illness), defensive back – linebacker Anthony Levine (toe) and guard Alex Lewis (ankle). However, all four of the players listed as questionable were expected to play, and were listed as full participants in Friday’s walkthrough.
For the Steelers, safety Shamarko Thomas (concussion) is out; wide receiver Sammie Coates (hamstring) and tight end Ladarius Green (concussion) are doubtful, and linebacker Anthony Chickillo (ankle), wide receiver Darius Heywood-Bey (foot), and defensive ends Ricardo Mathews and Stephon Tuitt (knee) are questionable.