Whaddya know? J. Smith, Carr return to practice

It had been nearly six weeks since Jimmy Smith last took part in an NFL practice.

That streak ended today, when the rookie cornerback took to the field at the Ravens' practice facility.

Smith has been kept out by a high left ankle sprain since the Ravens' Week 1 win over the Steelers, and his progress has been slow. But finally, Baltimore's first-round pick was able to put on the pads, strap up his cleats and participate in the team's afternoon session.

The Colorado product appeared to be moving well, and even pushed a blocking sled backwards about five yards during a drill. His lateral movement also appeared to be OK.

Joining Smith on the practice field was fellow cornerback Chris Carr, who has been sidelined by a lingering hamstring injury since the days leading up to Baltimore's Week 4 game against the Jets. The hamstring has bothered Carr since training camp, but he fought through it and appeared in two games early this season.

Carr had not practiced since suffering a setback three weeks ago, and he said he had no intentions of returning until fully healthy. But the veteran cornerback was out there today, and he looked to be moving without limitations.

Missing practice today for the Ravens were wide receiver Lee Evans (ankle), guard Ben Grubbs (toe), safety Tom Zbikowski (concussion), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (hamstring) and linebacker Jarret Johnson (undisclosed).

UPDATE: Zbikowski wasn't practicing with the team as a whole, but he was listed as "limited" on today's injury report. The safety likely was just taking part in individual drills as he works back from his concussion.

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