Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in Sunday’s win over the Detroit Lions.
Smith fell to the ground late in the second quarter while trying to cover a deep route and appeared to be in pain as he laid with his face in the grass. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh came out onto the field and could be seen telling him, “I love you.”
“That’s tough,” Harbaugh said after the game. “He will be out for the rest of the year.
“He has played at an All-Pro level this year,” Harbaugh said. “[But] we have a lot of depth. We have a lot of good, young players. We’ll step up, and we’ll still play at a really high level in the secondary. I’m really confident in that.”
The Ravens quickly ruled out Smith for the game. Rookie first-round pick Marlon Humphrey replaced Smith in the starting lineup.
“The secondary is the strength of our team,” safety Eric Weddle said. “So, we’re not going to sit back and be sorry for ourselves.”
Smith has been dealing with an Achilles injury for most of the season and would only practice once or
twice a week to rest it.
Smith was having what many considered his first Pro Bowl season. Through 11 weeks, he led the league with a 37 passer rating on passes thrown against him, according to Pro Football Focus.