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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ravens Injury Update: Ray Rice and Jimmy Smith leave Cowboys game with injuries

By on 8/17/2014 11:15:00 AM

The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Dallas Cowboys in their second preseason game last night, but the victory was bittersweet, as two of their starting players went down early with injuries. Running back Ray Rice injured his shoulder on the second series of the game and cornerback Jimmy Smith went down with a chest injury early in the first quarter. Smith was in obvious discomfort, bleeding from the mouth as he left the field, and was reportedly headed for X-rays, according to Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk.

The Ravens secondary is already dangerously thin at cornerback. Lardarius Webb (back) and Asa Jackson (ankle) both sat out Saturday’s game as they recover from training camp injuries.

Smith was hurt after landing on his back while defending a pass intended for Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant. He initially stood up after the play but then went back to the turf and was shown on the television broadcast spitting up blood. Several trainers and team doctors attended to him on the field, and he then walked off the field to the team bench under his own power. The Ravens announced on Twitter that Smith had a chest injury but the X-rays were negative:

Despite the positive news, Smith was still concerned after the game last night:
I don't know what is wrong with me. On the field, I was throwing up blood. The X-rays came back negative, but I still don't know what is the problem. I don't want to say I'm OK, or it is one thing, and then it is something else. I really don't know. 
Smith is entering his fourth season with Baltimore and has a career 112 combined tackles, two forced fumbles and four interceptions in 39 regular season games.

Baltimore had another scare later in the first half when running back Ray Rice left the game with a shoulder injury. Rice also had X-rays on his shoulder, which came back negative, according to the Ravens Twitter:
Rice will be entering his seventh year in Baltimore and has a career 6,180 rushing yards for 37 touchdowns in 92 regular season games.
Baltimore Ravens via Wikimedia Commons
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh spoke on the injuries his team suffered last evening, first addressing Rice's shoulder and then continuing on about Smith:
It shouldn’t be anything too serious. Jimmy kind of had a chest contusion. He landed on his back and he got a bruise in there. He should be fine, too. 
Despite Harbaugh's optimism, it remains questionable if either Smith or Rice will sit out of practice or if they will be able to play in Baltimore's next preseason game against the Washington Redskins next Saturday.

The Ravens have been looking to add another corner either via trade or free agency, but Smith being out for any length of time would obviously accelerate their pursuit. They have been so thin there that third-round pick Terrence Brooks, who was drafted as a safety, was used in the nickel back role last night.

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