Ravens’ Jimmy Smith opens up about four-game suspension

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Ravens star cornerback Jimmy Smith spoke to the media for the first time on Tuesday since suffering a season-ending Achilles injury and receiving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s PED policy.Following his injury in Baltimore’s Week 13 win over the Lions Youth Za'Darius Smith Jersey , the NFL announced that Smith would be suspended for four games. Instead of appealing it, he decided to serve the suspension while on injured reserve.“Last year, I took some pre-workouts. I’m not even sure which one it is, to be honest with you. You have to be conscious of what you put in your body, and I should’ve been a lot more conscious of what pre-workouts I was putting in there, and I got popped,” Smith said via the team’s official website. “I was going to appeal it, but when I tore my Achilles, I just took it and went home.”Smith did not reveal what supplements he took, but the NFL does have a lengthy list of what a player can not take. The oft-injured cornerback has suffered several major setbacks in his career, but he continues to work his way back in spite of his injuries. Smith will be entering his eighth season with the Ravens, but he has only appeared in all 16 games during a regular season twice — 2013 and 2015. Among the injuries he has suffered during his NFL career, his Achilles injuries appear to have been the most costly. He landed on injured reserve the last two seasons due to them. However, Smith would disagree with that notion.“I’ll tell you right now that the Lisfranc is probably the injury that keeps on giving. It never goes away, it seems. For me Womens Terrell Suggs Jersey , the Achilles has not been that difficult at all,” Smith said via the team’s official website.Smith was having, arguably, the best season of his entire career last year after coming off an Achilles injury and still dealing with the ramifications of it. Pro Football Focus graded him as one of the best cornerbacks last year before his season-ending injury, and he likely would have been selected to an All-Pro team and the Pro Bowl. “It sucks. I’m not going to act like it doesn’t. It just seems like I’m constantly trying to fight just to get back to even instead of training and excelling better and progressing even more. It’s always getting back even, getting back to just being healthy,” Smith said via the team’s official website.The “it” Smith is referring to is his poor injury luck during his NFL career. His All-Pro talent has never been a question, especially as of late, but the issue has also been his health. If he can stay healthy, he is without a doubt one of the best cornerbacks in the league, but as of late, that has been a big ‘if.’Smith’s current contract runs through the 2019 season, but due to his injury history, some have speculated that the Ravens could move on from the veteran cornerback following this season. If Baltimore decides to part ways with him next offseason, they would save $9.5 million if he is a pre-June 1 cut Cheap Lamar Jackson Jersey , while only incurring $6.675 million in dead money, per SpoTrac. Regardless of his future in Baltimore, Smith is en route to completing a miraculous comeback as he is on the practice field, as a full-participant, merely seven months after rupturing his Achilles. The Ravens are exercising caution with their veteran cornerback as he was given the last two days off to progress in his recovery. With an extended training camp schedule, Baltimore has no reason to force him into action immediately.It was anticipated that Smith would start the season — or at least training camp — on the PUP list, but that was not the case. Throughout the early stages of training camp, he has received high praise from several players and coaches for his mindset and work ethic as he is attempting to return from another season-ending injury. “Really, you kind of hurt for him, because he’s plagued himself into that position, really, year after year, and the injuries have taken their toll. And then he kills himself to get back, and hopefully, this will be the year where he can stay injury-free the whole time http://www.baltimoreravensteamauthentic.com/eric-weddle-jersey ,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said via the team’s official website. “He’s worked really hard, and he’s really talented, and he really is conscientious. So, I’m really, I’m in his corner. I want to see him do well.”Ravens must get off to a fast start this season The Ravens face the 21st hardest schedule in the league this season, with an overall opponents winning percentage of .488%. However, the numbers do not tell the entire story. The first six weeks of the season are relatively light in comparison to the rest of the year. Other than a road matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4, Baltimore could very well be favored in the remaining five games. Opening the season against the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals is a favorable draw. The Bills figure to take a step back this year after losing Tyrod Taylor. While the Bengals always prove to be a tough out for the Ravens, particularly in Cincinnati, Baltimore should be well positioned to pull out a victory. In Weeks 3, 5 and 6, the Ravens host the Denver Broncos, and play the Cleveland Brown and Tennessee Titans on the road. The Broncos won just five games last season, and the Browns woes are well-documented. The Titans won nine games and beat out the Ravens for the final AFC wildcard spot. Other than the Steelers, they figure to be the toughest matchup through the first six weeks. If the Ravens can handle their business Authentic Brandon Carr Jersey , they could enter Week 7 with a 5-1 or 4-2 record. This will be important, as the next sequence represents the Ravens toughest stretch of the season. Baltimore plays three consecutive playoff-caliber teams; the Saints, Panthers and Steelers. Winning just one of these three games could prove to be a difficult feat. Immediately following the Week 10 bye, Baltimore plays host to the Bengals and Raiders. In December, another daunting stretch of games awaits. Excluding the Week 15 home tilt against the Buccaneers, which should be a relatively easy victory, the Ravens face the Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, and Los Angeles Chargers. All three of these matchups come on the road, only adding to the difficulty of securing victories. The Falcons are a surefire playoff team with a significant home-field advantage. Kansas City boasts one of the most explosive offensive units in the league, and the Chargers are well rounded on both sides of the ball. Baltimore will be tested throughout the back half of the season. Because the schedule becomes more daunting after Week 6, the Ravens could struggle to overcome any hole they dig for themselves in the beginning of the season. If the Ravens want to compete for the AFC North title and return to postseason play, getting off to a strong start this season will be crucial.
 


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