Ravens secondary is missing quite a few bodies

Ravens secondary is missing quite a few bodies
August 21, 2014, 12:45 pm

Judging from Thursday’s practice, quite a few Ravens will miss Saturday’s preseason game against the Redskins due to injuries. Cornerbacks Jimmy Smith (chest), Asa Jackson (ankle), and Lardarius Webb (back) did not practice, nor did tight end Owen Daniels (legs) and guard Jah Reid (concussion protocol).

UPDATE: Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed Smith, Jackson and Webb will not play against Washington.  

Harbaugh had already stated Webb would not play this preseason, as the Ravens focused on trying to get him ready for Week 1. Whether Webb can take the field in the regular season opener against the Bengals remains to be seen.

It makes sense to keep Smith out until the regular season as well. He was coughing up blood on the sidelines Saturday after taking a hard fall on his back. X-rays were negative, but Smith has not practiced since, and he has little to gain by returning into action before the regular season.

If Jackson’s ankle continues to be slow to heal, the Ravens may need to sign a cornerback before the regular season. Neither Asa Jackson nor Dominique Franks have played particularly well this preseason, and Deji Olatoye and Tramain Jacobs are young corners still developing.

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