Lewis misses second straight practice; J. Smith to see increased time

For the second straight day, linebacker Ray Lewis was not out at practice.

Lewis missed yesterday’s session with a foot injury, and the 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker was absent yet again this afternoon.

Even though he’s yet to practice this week, Lewis’ injury is not thought to be serious.

Also missing a second straight day of practice were defensive tackle Art Jones (concussion) and running back Anthony Allen (thigh).

Other than those three, the entire Ravens roster was taking part in today’s afternoon session.

Meanwhile, defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said today that while rookie cornerback Jimmy Smith has been limited to mostly special teams action since he’s returned from an ankle injury, the Ravens’ first-round pick will get a chance to see more time on the defensive side of the ball on Sunday.

“He’ll see a considerable amount of time,” Pagano said. “We’ve got to get him out there and get him going, so yeah he’s ready.”

Smith has served as the Ravens’ dime back the last handful of weeks (meaning he’s their sixth defensive back on the field in sub packages), but has gotten minimal snaps in that role.

The coaches have said it’s been hard to get Smith playing time on defense recently because starting cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Cary Williams and nickel back Chris Carr have played fairly well.

But Smith is too talented a guy to just be left sitting on the bench week after week.

Smith probably won’t be tossed into the starting lineup just yet, but the Ravens know it’s time to get their 2011 top draft pick some more reps and let him work his way into the mix.

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