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Will Jimmy Smith's ankle injury be crushing blow for Ravens' defense?

Will Jimmy Smith's ankle injury be crushing blow for Ravens' defense?

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Will losing cornerback Jimmy Smith to an ankle injury be a crushing blow for the Ravens’ defense?

Monday night’s 30-23 loss to the Patriots will only raise concern about how the Ravens will fare defensively if Smith, their best corner, does not recover quickly. Smith left Monday’s game in the second quarter, and coach John Harbaugh would not speculate on how long Smith would be out.

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However, it was clear Smith was in severe pain when he left the game, and the Ravens made some painful defensive mistakes during Tom Brady’s 406-yard, three-touchdown passing performance. Ravens cornerback Jerraud Powers also left the game in the fourth quarter with a concussion, and the Ravens made a huge defensive gaffe that helped seal their doom. Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan was left wide open in the secondary for a 79-yard touchdown, giving the Patriots a 10-point cushion from which the Ravens never recovered.

Ravens safety Eric Weddle took the blame for Hogan’s touchdown, but will there be more big plays surrendered by the Ravens if Smith isn’t part of the mix?

“Obviously when Jimmy goes down it hurts us,” Weddle said. “But Shareece (Wright) came in and played outstanding I thought.”

If Smith is not ready to face the Eagles on Sunday, more pressure will fall on Wright and rookie cornerback Tavon Young to play well, whether or not Powers is healthy for Sunday.

There is never a good time for the Ravens to lose Smith.  During December, with the Ravens (7-6) fighting to make the playoffs is a particularly bad time.

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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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