— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 6, 2014
“The plan for Jimmy was to do more testing once swelling subsided,” HC John Harbaugh said, per Wilson. “With this exam, doctors decided he needed surgery. That means Jimmy is finished for the season, but is ready for our offseason.”
This is horrible news for the Ravens as Smith was without a doubt their best defensive back. Since he’s been out of the lineup, the Ravens’ secondary has struggled mightily, which was evident from Week 9’s game in which Ben Roethlisberger threw for six touchdowns.
Baltimore did pick up Smith’s fifth-year option a few months ago, which will pay him $6.898 million for the 2015 season. This salary is only guaranteed for injury, so it should have little bearing on long-term contract talks.
Smith, 26, finishes the 2014 season with 28 tackles, one interception and eight passes defensed.