Jimmy Smith ‘optimistic’ he’ll play Monday

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OWINGS MILLS — Jimmy Smith was noncommittal about whether he would play against the Jaguars or not.

But the rookie cornerback is listed as probable and should be active for his first Monday Night Football game.

“I’m optimistic,” Smith said. “I don’t know what the coach is going to do.”

Smith hasn’t played a defensive snap this season. In the season-opener against Pittsburgh, he suffered a high ankle sprain on Baltimore’s first kickoff coverage play. It was the first time he had ever experienced a serious injury.

Even though Smith indicated his ankle is improving, he hinted that he may be returning without it being completely healed.

“Is anybody ever 100 percent in the NFL?” he said.

Zbikowski doubtful for Monday

Safety Tom Zbikowski still hasn’t been cleared for contact after sustaining a concussion against the Jets three weeks ago.

Zbikowski will likely have another test done later Saturday, said coach John Harbaugh. Zbikowski said he hasn’t felt any major symptoms of late.

“Certain things set it off, not that it’s that painful or anything,” Zbikowski said. “It’s just something you want to be careful with.”

If Zbikowski is cleared, and if he feels fine Sunday, he said there’s still a chance he’ll be able to play. He’s listed as doubtful for Monday’s game though.

Rest of injury report

Out: Wide receiver Lee Evans (ankle), left guard Ben Grubbs (toe), running back Anthony Allen (thigh), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring).

Doubtful: Safety Tom Zbikowski (concussion).

Questionable: Cornerback Chris Carr (hamstring).

Probable: Cornerback Jimmy Smith (ankle), linebacker Jarret Johnson (back), wide receiver/kick returner David Reed (finger).

Military veteran visits Ravens

The Ravens welcomed Sgt. 1st Class Allen Wiseman to practice Saturday, who told the team his story of his time overseas.

Every day when Wiseman was on patrol, he wore a Ray Lewis jersey — except once. And on that one day he didn’t wear the jersey, he was shot.

When Wiseman was in the hospital on Jan. 9, he told doctors they only had 45 minutes to work on him. His reason: He had a “game to watch.” That game?: The Ravens vs. the Chiefs in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Baltimore won that day, 30-7.

By Jason Butt

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