Adding insult to injury, just after the Baltimore Ravens lost their top cornerback, Jimmy Smith, for the remainder of the season to a torn Achilles, it was also announced that he is facing a four-game suspension related to the use of performance-enhancing substances, the same type of suspension now being served by Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert.
Due to the fact that he will miss the rest of the 2017-18 season and the Ravens only have four regular-season games left, Smith will withdraw his appeal and begin serving his four-game suspension immediately.
Smith also suffered a season-ending injury late past year, but the team feels more comfortable in their depth this time around. The first round pick out of Alabama has played really well all season, but we got a glimpse of what could be after Smith went down.
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Smith, a key part of the Ravens defense, was injured in the second quarter of Sunday's game when he crumpled to the turf while trying to cover a deep pass.
"He has played at an All-Pro level this year", Harbaugh said. Like Smith, he was able to serve his suspension while on IR. Dixon had an additional two games tacked onto his suspension in September for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. We have a lot of good, young players. He's a very instinctive player, so I see him playing a lot in the upcoming games. "I'm really confident in that".