Jimmy Smith‘s season is over. Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced earlier this week that the cornerback wouldn’t play this weekend, and Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com reports that the team has placed the veteran on the injured reserve. Wideout Keenan Reynolds has been promoted from the practice squad to take Smith’s roster spot.
Smith suffered a high-ankle sprain during his team’s mid-December matchup against the Patriots, and he hasn’t taken the field since that time. In 11 games this season, the 28-year-old compiled 32 tackles and four passes defended. The defensive back joined the Ravens as a first-round pick in 2011, and he’s started each of his 51 games over the past four seasons. The team inked Smith to a four-year, $48MM extension ($21MM guaranteed) in 2015, and the two sides restructured that contract last offseason.
Reynolds, a former standout quarterback at Navy, was taken in the sixth-round of this past year’s draft. The rookie has spent the entire season on the practice squad as he’s made his transition to receiver, and the organization is rewarding the player for “a year of hard work.”
Reynolds is expected to make his NFL debut this weekend, and the organization is considering the contest “a one-game audition for next year.” The rookie struggled during camp and the preseason, recording a number of drops at receiver and as a return man. As a result, the rookie landed on the practice squad.
“It’s been a great challenge, but also an opportunity for me to get a lot better,” Reynolds said. “I feel like a wide receiver now. My arm hurts if I throw too much.”
The former quarterback ran for 88 rushing touchdowns during his four-year collegiate career, the most in NCAA FBS history. Reynolds also threw for 4,001 yards, 31 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.
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