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Ravens CB Jimmy Smith makes surprise return to minicamp just six months after Achilles tear

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To say that Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith’s recovery from his Achilles injury is going just fine would be to make an understatement. In fact, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN, the 29-year-old corner has already made his way back into the field on Wednesday when he took part in the Ravens’ minicamp.

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was a surprise participant on the second day of mandatory minicamp.

Smith returned to the field Wednesday, just six months after tearing his Achilles. He’s been limited to individual drills, but this is a good sign that he’ll be able to suit up for training camp.

This is definitely a good sign for the Ravens, who finished last season 10th in the league in pass defense with only 213.8 passing yards allowed per game.

Jimmy Smith tore his Achilles back in December during a 44-20 win against the Detroit Lions in Week 13 at home. Smith was not able to return to finish the season, concluding his 2017 campaign with three interceptions, 28 combined tackles, and nine passes defended in 12 games played.

His highlight of the season came when he returned a fumble by Jared Cook for a touchdown during the Ravens’ 30-17 road win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 5 on Oct. 8.

Smith did have a lowlight, too, however, when he was suspended for four games due to his use of a performance-enhancing substance. But he served his suspension while he was injured and will be eligible to play in the team’s season opener if he can be ready in time.

Smith, who was taken 27th overall by the Ravens in the 2011 NFL Draft, has 11 career interceptions.