Harbaugh: "Be at your best when it means the most."
Cornerback Jimmy Smith, wide receiver Brandon Stokley, and linebacker Elvis Dumervil should all be able to play Sunday against the Vikings, according to Ravens coach John Harbaugh. All were injured during the Thanksgiving night game against the Steelers. Smith suffered a concussion, Stokley a knee injury, and Dumervil a sprained ankle.
While Smith was going through the NFL concussion protocol, Harbaugh said Smith was doing much better. He was injured during a violent goal line collision with Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, who also suffered a concussion.
“Everything looks really, really good for Jimmy,” Harbaugh said. “He should be fine. You never know with that. But it looks like he is even going to be able to practice on Wednesday, so we’re feeling good about that.
“I expect all those guys to play on Sunday. We’ll just have to see if something fires up between now and then.”
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Meanwhile, Harbaugh said a decision on whether to activate tight end Dennis Pitta (hip surgery) would not be made until later in the week. Pitta has not played all season after suffering his injury during training camp.
“I’ve got a pretty good idea that he is doing well,” Harbaugh said. “It’s just a matter of how well. Is he feeling good enough that the doctors feel like he’s ready to play? That’s really what it’s going to come down to. If he can play, he will for sure. We want to get him up, that’s our goal. But it’s not 100 percent certain at this point.”