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Jimmy Smith Officially Returns From Four-Game Suspension

October 02, 2018 - 9:09 am

By Joe Schiller

The Baltimore Ravens are riding high with a 3-1 record and a Week 4 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers isn’t the only good news.

Jimmy Smith officially returns from his four-game suspension and head coach John Harbaugh confirmed on Monday that the veteran cornerback was back in the building.

Smith, 30, was suspended for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. He was on his way to an All-Pro season in 2017 with 28 tackles, nine passes defended and one interception but suffered a season-ending Achilles tear against the Detroit Lions in early December.

To add injury to insult, literally, Smith was also slapped with a four-game suspension to end the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Luckily, he served the suspension while on injured reserve.

Needless to say, Smith’s return is a huge boost for the Ravens’ secondary. Take away the first-half meltdown against the Bengals and this unit has been impressive without their top corner. They’ve allowed only 193 passing yards per game through four weeks – good enough for fourth best in the NFL.

The Ravens have to be happy with how Marlon Humphrey and Brandon Carr played without Smith on the outside. They shut down Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, limiting both receivers to less than 70 yards.

Smith was able to play throughout the entire preseason despite being suspended and should play on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

The Ravens buckle down for a crucial stretch of the regular season. After facing the Browns, they head on the road to Nashville for a matchup against the Tennessee Titans only to play the Saints, Panthers, and Steelers again in the games to follow.