BALTIMORE – Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith suffered an Achilles tendon injury Sunday in a 44-20 victory over the Detroit Lions, confirming the team's worst fears.
"It's difficult," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He'll be out for the rest of the year."
Smith fell to the ground at the end of the second quarter as he tried to cover a deep path and writhed in pain with his face in the grbad. Harbaugh went out to the field and was seen saying to him: "I love you".
"The secondary it's the strength of our team, "said safety Eric Weddle. "Therefore, we will not sit down and regret it."
Smith has been dealing with an Achilles tendon injury for most of the season. In an effort to rest him, he practiced only once or twice a week.
Still, Smith was having what many considered his first Pro Bowl season. Through 11 weeks, he led the league with a pbader rating of 37 on pbades thrown against him, according to Pro Football Focus.
"He has played at an All-Pro level this year," said Harbaugh. "[But] we have a lot of depth, we have a lot of good and young players, we will improve and we will continue to play at a very high level in high school, I have a lot of confidence in that."