Smith (Achilles) was in uniform for the first day of training camp Thursday but is expected to be brought along slowly, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Smith was able to avoid the Ravens' Physically Unable to Perform list despite being just seven months past a significant Achilles injury. While he's expected to be eased back into the swing of things, it sounds like Smith is making significant progress in his recovery, which bodes well for his availability for the start of the regular season.
Smith has made remarkably swift progress in his recovery from a torn Achilles considering the cornerback was only about six months removed from surgery before he was cleared to participate in individual drills during June's mandatory minicamp. The Ravens' decision to not place him on the PUP list is yet another positive development for Smith, though it's not certain that he'll be a full participant from the outset of training camp, which opens July 19. If Smith isn't ready, Marlon Humphrey and Brandon Carr likely will line up as the starting cornerbacks with the first-team defense.
Smith (Achilles) did individual drills Wednesday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Smith, who tore his Achilles on Dec. 3, hadn't made an on-field appearance this offseason until Wednesday. His return suggests he's on track for the start of training camp in late July, shortly after his 30th birthday. Smith has been Baltimore's top corner for most of his career, but he's played more than 12 games just twice in seven seasons.
Smith dealt with left Achilles soreness for most of the 2017 season before the Achilles finally ruptured in December. Reports on Smith's recovery continue to be encouraging, but it seems a little optimistic for Harbaugh to think the cornerback will be full-go for training camp in late July or early August considering he will only be about seven months removed from surgery at that point. While a return for Week 1 seems more realistic, even that isn't a guarantee. However, even if Smith isn't ready for the season opener, the Ravens will still have Brandon Carr and 2017 first-rounder Marlon Humphrey at cornerback, a duo that's still better than many other starting tandems across the league.
Smith is making strong progress in his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon in December, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports. "I see Jimmy. He's there (at the team facility) because he's rehabbing. I see him in the building. He's telling me he's doing very well," said Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome.
The 29-year-old has spent the offseason rehabbing at the team facility, but it's still too early to tell whether Smith will be a full-go by training camp or even the start of the 2018 season. Zrebiec noted that Newsome is concerned with Smith's recovery along with second-year corner Jaylen Hill's rehab from a torn ACL, which could have an influence on Baltimore's offseason plans in the secondary. Smith's timeline should come into clearer focus as the offseason progresses, but if there's any chance that he'll be limited in training camp or later, Baltimore may need to take a long look at its cornerback personnel and plan accordingly.
|4||9/30/18||@ PIT||8:20 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ TEN||4:25 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|13||12/2/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
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