Jimmy Smith Out for 'Multiple Weeks' With Grade 2 MCL Sprain

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September 10, 2019 - 9:53 am

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By Joe Schiller

After leaving Sunday's win against the Dolphins with a knee injury, John Harbaugh said cornerback Jimmy Smith suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain and will miss "multiple weeks." 

"He has a Grade 2 sprain in there, so it won’t be a season-ender by any stretch," Harbaugh said. "How many weeks it is, that depends on how fast it heals, so we’ll see going forward. But it will be multiple weeks.”

Harbaugh didn't speculate on if Smith could be placed on injured reserve with a desgination to return later in the season, but missing one of your top cornerbacks for a period of time is a blow to the secondary nonetheless. Smith is now the second notable cornerback to suffer injury this season after Tavon Young was placed on season-ending IR with a neck injury. 

Anthony Averett played 45 defensive snaps in replace of Smith against Miami and Harbaugh thought the second-year cornerback improved as the game progressed. 

"He got his legs under him a little bit," Harbaugh said. "He had been playing a lot of special teams. It was hot. Once he got his sea legs, he really played well. [He played> tight coverage, and he did a good job. I was happy with him.”

With Smith out, Averett could be the prime candidate to start alongside Marlon Humphrey on the outside while Brandon Carr moves to the slot. 

The Ravens return to Baltimore for their home opener against Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2.