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.
Smith (Achilles) was officially reinstated by the NFL on Monday after completing a four-game suspension.
Smith wouldn't have played in any of the Ravens' final four games after tearing his Achilles' tendon in early December, so the suspension only amounted to the cornerback missing a few paychecks. The 29-year-old remains in the early stages of his rehab from a serious injury and is uncertain to be available for the start of the 2018 campaign.
Smith will thus finish out the season on IR while simultaneously serving the four-game suspension he was handed Monday for a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. His loss is huge for the Ravens, as Smith was one of the team's best players and will finish the season as Pro Football Focus' 10th-highest graded corner in pass coverage. In fact, Smith's absence was immediately felt once he left Sunday's victory over the Lions, as Marvin Jones -- who previously didn't do much of anything -- then went on to catch two passes of at least 40 yards on rookie Marlon Humphrey. Humphrey will presumably replace Smith in the starting lineup going forward.
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