Jimmy Smith And Lardarius Webb Could Practice Next Week
By Brett Foote
Aug 16, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) and Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith (22) fight for the ball during the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Baltimore beat Dallas 37-30. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
The Ravens had a solid practice Tuesday, one day after they made some roster moves and cut 12 players to whittle the roster down to 75 players. And following practice, John Harbaugh had lots of good news for fans. Including a possible timeline for the return of both starting corners, Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb.
Harbaugh also gave us positive news on both Jah Reid and Asa Jackson’s potential return to practice. Kamar Aiken returned to practice on Tuesday after a short absence as well.
In addition to the cornerback trio and Reid, Bernard Pierce missed practice after suffering his “mild” concussion, as did Matt Elam with what Harbaugh has called a minor leg injury. Asa Jackson did do some light running and lateral movement today to test out the ankle.
Owen Daniels practiced for the second day in a row after missing two weeks with leg fatigue.
Many have speculated that the Ravens could make a trade, especially for a cornerback, but John Harbaugh shot down the possibility following practice Tuesday.
Harbaugh also expressed confidence in his offensive line depth, even though the second and third teams haven’t really performed well in the preseason.
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All in all, a revealing day. We have anticipated all along that Smith, Webb, and Jackson would be held out until just before the start of the regular season. All three should be ready to roll for week 1. Pierce is still a question mark, but two weeks is a good bit of time to get through the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Reid’s return to health will be a plus for the Ravens, who are counting on him to play a role as the top reserve lineman this season and as a extra blocker in certain sets. We are still skeptical about Daniels and what type of impact he will have this season. How much he practices the next couple of weeks will be a telling tale.