Ravens’ key defensive starters CB Jimmy Smith (back) and Elvis Dumervil (foot) will likely not see the field on Sunday against the Cowboys, as both are listed as doubtful for Week 11 following the release of the Ravens Friday injury report.
The Ravens were hoping to get Dumervil back this week in order to strengthen the pass rush against the potent Cowboys offense. However the Ravens will have to wait at least another week. As Dumervil did practice all week, he will likely be back next week against the Bengals.
The more concerning player is Smith. If Smith is indeed unable to go, the Ravens secondary will be tested more than ever before. Facing the ever improving Dak Prescott, rookie corner Tavon Young’s duties become covering Dez Bryant. Take into account Shareece Wright (thigh), who is listed as questionable, won’t be at 100% if he is to play on Sunday. Despite the size disadvantage, Young deserves to be the one covering Bryant for most of his snaps.
Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh) is also listed as doubtful.
In addition to Wright, LB Kamalei Correa (thigh), DT Timmy Jernigan (shoulder), LB C.J. Mosley (thigh) and G Marshall Yanda (shoulder) are listed as questionable.
Mosley, Wright and Yanda practiced all week, likely meaning they will play on Sunday. The Ravens will desperately need all three of these players in order to stop Ezekiel Elliott, help the stretched depth of the Ravens secondary, and create running lanes against one of the better run defenses in the NFL.
Jernigan was a new addition to the injury report on Thursday as a non-participant, and did not practice on Friday either.
G/T Alex Lewis (ankle) and TE Crockett Gillmore (thigh) are out for Week 11.
The Cowboys will be without S Barry Church (forearm), and CB Morris Claiborne against the Ravens. As the Cowboys will be without two starters in the secondary, QB Joe Flacco will have as a good a chance as any to get the deep ball going, finally.