The Baltimore Ravens announced Saturday that they have placed CB Jimmy Smith on season-ending injured reserve with a foot injury.
- The Ravens also signed CB Rashaan Melvin off of the Dolphins’ practice squad.
Reports from earlier in the week mentioned that Smith’s season was likely over after he underwent surgery on his injured foot.
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.
Melvin, 25, signed with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Illinois back in April of last year. He last a little over a year in Tampa Bay before he was waived with an injury settlement.
The Dolphins added him to their practice squad a few weeks ago. He has yet to appear in an NFL game.