Ravens CB Jimmy Smith Makes a Surprise Minicamp Appearance Wednesday
BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF)---- John Harbaugh announced Tuesday, day one of mandatory minicamp, his offseason attendance was a team record 97%. The same has carried over to the practice field. While wide receiver John Brown missed Wednesday's second minicamp practice for an undisclosed reason, the Ravens did get two veterans on the field for the first time since their season-ending injuries in 2017.
Cornerback Jimmy Smith made his first appearance on the practice field in 2018 after he tore his achilles December 3rd. Smith missed the final four games of the season, something that would have happened regardless due to a four-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing substances policy. Smith dropped his appeal once injured.
Linebacker Albert McClellan also participated in a limited form Wednesday. He tore his ACL in August and missed the entire 2017 season.
Smith was having his best professional season before the injury with three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and one fumble recovery. During Wednesday's practice, Smith participated for about an hour of it during warm-ups and individual drills. He would appear to be ready, or close, for the start of training camp on July 19th.
Ravens safety Eric Weddle said, "That was awesome right? A little surprise for everyone. I don't know if Jimmy is like half-Wolverine, but this dude has healed up in half the time than normal regular human beings with an Achilles."
Smith wasn't available for comment after practice due to his rehab schedule. Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale said, "He's on schedule. What that schedule is, I don't know."