Dumervil might re­turn for Sun­day

LB hasn’t played since Oct. 9; cor­ner­back Smith likely out

Baltimore Sun - - NFL & RAVENS - By Jeff Zre­biec and Ed­ward Lee jeff.zre­biec@balt­sun.com ed­ward.lee@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Ed­wardLeeSun twit­ter.com/jef­fzre­biec­sun

The Ravens might get back strong­side line­backer Elvis Dumervil for Sun­day’s game against the Cincin­nati Ben­gals, but it ap­pears that their de­fense will still be with­out top cor­ner­back Jimmy Smith. Smith didn’t prac­tice all week be­cause of a back in­jury and he was listed as doubt­ful on the game’s fi­nal in­jury re­port.

The Ravens have not had a player who was listed as doubt­ful play this sea­son, though coach John Har­baugh wasn’t ready Fri­day to rule out Smith, who was side­lined for Sun­day’s loss to the Dal­las Cow­boys.

Smith de­clined to speak to re­porters when ap­proached at his locker af­ter Fri­day’s prac­tice.

“If he gets healthy enough, he’ll play in the game even with­out the prac­tice,” Har­baugh said. “I think they have a bet­ter handle on ex­actly what [the in­jury] is right now. Specif­i­cally, they have a good handle on it. It’s more mus­cu­lar. That’s good news. If it clears up and he can go, he’ll play. If it doesn’t, if he can’t be close to 100 per­cent, we’ll just have to wait till next week. We’re con­fi­dent in the guys we have as well.”

With Smith out last week, cor­ner­backs Tavon Young, Jer­raud Pow­ers and Sha­reece Wright strug­gled to deal with the Cow­boys pass­ing game. Rookie quar­ter­back Dak Prescott threw for 301 yards and three touch­down passes, all to Dez Bryant, who prob­a­bly ben­e­fited the most from Smith’s ab­sence.

With star re­ceiver A.J. Green and ver­sa­tile run­ning back Gio­vani Bernard both in­jured, the Ben­gals don’t have the of­fen­sive weapons that the Cow­boys pos­sess.

The Ravens could also ben­e­fit from Dumervil’s re­turn. The vet­eran pass rusher was a full par­tic­i­pant in prac­tice all week and ap­pears in line to play in his first game since Oct. 9 against the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins. Dumervil, who has been lim­ited to two games this year as he re­cov­ers from off­sea­son foot surgery, is ques­tion­able for Sun­day.

“I think he looked good in prac­tice,” Har­baugh said. “Again, it’s go­ing to be up to the med­i­cal peo­ple to de­ter­mine that. It’s al­ways been a med­i­cal is­sue. It’s good to see him out there at prac­tice, tak­ing a good num­ber of reps. He didn’t take ev­ery rep, but he took a good num­ber of reps in the ro­ta­tion, so we’ll just have to see when the time comes, whether he gets cleared to go.”

The Ravens did rule out rookie guard Alex Lewis, who will miss his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game with a high ankle sprain, and re­serve run­ning back Lorenzo Tali­a­ferro (thigh).

Like Smith, tight end Crock­ett Gill­more (thigh) is doubt­ful to play Sun­day. He didn’t prac­tice Fri­day and is ex­pected to miss his fourth con­sec­u­tive game. De­fen­sive line­men Timmy Jerni­gan (shoul­der) and Bran­don Wil­liams (back, hand), and guard Mar­shal Yanda (shoul­der) are ques­tion­able but ex­pected to play. No Green, as ex­pected: Green (strained ham­string) was ruled out for Sun­day’s games, and his ab­sence could be sig­nif­i­cant, given his past suc­cess against the Ravens. In eight meet­ings, Green has caught 41 passes for 726 yards, and his six touch­downs are tied for most against an op­po­nent. In Cincin­nati’s last visit to Bal­ti­more, Elvis Dumervil, who has been re­cov­er­ing from off­sea­son foot surgery, was a full par­tic­i­pant in prac­tice this week. He has played two games this year. Sept. 27, 2015, he fin­ished with 10 re­cep­tions for a ca­reer-high 227 yards and two scores.

“When­ever you don’t have one of the best re­ceivers in the league on the field, it al­ways helps,” Wright said. “So it’s good. We can’t com­plain about that.”

The Ben­gals, who also lost Bernard (39 catches for 336 yards and one touch­down) to a torn ACL, hope wide­outs Bran­don LaFell and Tyler Boyd spark the pass­ing at­tack.

“It’s part of pro­fes­sional sports and a team,” Cincin­nati coach Marvin Lewis said in a con­fer­ence call with Bal­ti­more-area re­porters Wed­nes­day. “The next man moves up and gets go­ing. Ev­ery­body has to ad­just. Ev­ery­body has to pick up the slack and get go­ing.”

For the Ben­gals, start­ing safety Shawn Wil­liams (ham­string) and tight end C.J. Uzomah (calf ) are doubt­ful to play. Long snap­per Clark Har­ris (groin) and safety Der­ron Smith (thigh) are ques­tion­able. Boyle de­ci­sion pend­ing: Gill­more’s ex­pected ab­sence in­creases the like­li­hood that the Ravens will ac­ti­vate block­ing tight end Nick Boyle and have him make his 2016 reg­u­larsea­son de­but Sun­day. They have un­til 4 p.m. to­day to make that move for Boyle to be el­i­gi­ble to play against the Ben­gals.

Boyle was sus­pended for the first 10 games for vi­o­lat­ing the league’s pol­icy on per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs. He re­turned to prac­tice Monday.

“He came back in re­ally good shape, very im­pres­sive shape,” Har­baugh said. “It looks like he’s been work­ing re­ally hard. But there is a process of knock­ing off the rust for sure. It’s been10 weeks, 11 weeks since he’s been in a foot­ball prac­tice. ... As far as the game, we’ll just have to see. We­have to talk it out and de­cide what we want to do.”

The Ravens have strug­gled to find a block­ing tight end with Gill­more hurt and Boyle sus­pended. End zone: Wide re­ceiver-kick re­turner Michael Cam­pa­naro re­mains on the Ravens’ prac­tice squad, but Har­baugh said the River Hill alum­nus has been im­pres­sive in prac­tices. “Michael re­ally looks good out there. He came back in phe­nom­e­nal shape,” he said. “He stayed com­pletely healthy. He’s worked out here. I’m pretty ex­cited about Michael right now. We just have to see if the op­por­tu­nity presents it­self to get him out there some­time. I know he’s hop­ing for the very near fu­ture. We’ll just have to see what hap­pens.” … The Ravens will be wear­ing their black jer­seys for Sun­day’s game, ac­cord­ing to the team’s web­site. … The Ravens will host their 21st an­nual Fam­ily Food & Funds Drive, spon­sored by Giant Food, be­fore Sun­day’s game at M&T Bank Sta­dium. Vol­un­teers with the Mary­land Food Bank and M&T Bank will be out­side the sta­dium gates from 11 a.m. un­til kick­off at 1 p.m., ac­cept­ing mon­e­tary and non­per­ish­able food do­na­tions.


Ravens cor­ner­back Jimmy Smith grabs Browns wide re­ceiver Ter­relle Pryor Sr. on Nov. 10. Smith sat out Sun­day’s game against the Cow­boys with a back in­jury, and he could be side­lined again this week.


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