Finding healthy cornerbacks is becoming a major concern for the Ravens. They lost another cornerback to injury Saturday night, when Jimmy Smith went to the locker room with what was announced as a chest injury. Smith’s injury occurred early in the first quarter, and his return was questionable. He was in obvious discomfort, bleeding from the mouth as he left the field, and was reportedly headed for X-rays.
The Ravens were already without their other starting cornerback Lardarius Webb (back) and nickel corner Asa Jackson (ankle). With Smith out, the Ravens’ starting corners became Chykie Brown, who has struggled at times during training camp, and Dominique Franks, who started slowly in camp after initially failing his conditioning test.
Almost on cue after Smith left, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo attacked the Ravens’ corners and led Dallas on a game-tying touchdown drive. The capper was a 31-yard TD pass from Romo to Dez Bryant, who outleaped and outmaneuvered Franks to pull down Romo’s pass.
Getting beat by Bryant is no disgrace, but the Ravens need to get their injured corners healthy as quickly as possible. They will hope Smith’s injury does not keep him sidelined for long. Opening the regular season with Chykie Brown and Franks as the starting corners is not what they have in mind.