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Street Talk Jimmy Smith had surgery on groin, Corey Graham expected to step up

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On Tuesday, the Ravens signed free agent cornerback Chris Johnson to their active roster. The addition of a veteran corner indicated that Jimmy Smith’s groin injury was potentially more serious than anticipated.

Well after the news today, apparently it was.

According to the Ravens official twitter account, the team announced that Smith traveled to Philadelphia and had a successful surgical procedure on his groin. The 2011 first-round pick is expected to miss a few games but return by the end of the season.

Injuries never come at the right time but for the Ravens cornerback unit is already dealing with the loss of Lardarius Webb for the season with a torn ACL. The already thin cornerback group just got thinner.

In a 55-20 blowout win over the Oakland Raiders this past week, Corey Graham started in Smith’s place and played in all but one of the teams 75 defensive snaps, finishing with two tackles on the day. Graham appeared in the 2011 Pro Bowl for his special teams play with the Chicago Bears and was signed by the Ravens to help boost their special teams, a unit that had plenty of issues during the previous season. Throughout the preseason, Graham played well at corner and his addition was added depth to what appeared to be one of the best secondaries in the NFL before the season began.

Graham had primarily been utilized on the defense as the nickel back once Webb was lost for the season during a Week 6 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

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Kris - or "Goob" as he's widely known - has turned an obsession into a career. As a media member by day and super fan by night, he reports from the Under Armour Performance Center twice per week and brings Ravens news from a fan's perspective. His popular YouTube series Goobvision propelled his career and notoriety amongst Ravens fans, even helping him win the 2010 nationwide DIRECTV Ultimate Displaced Fan contest. He's been featured on shows such as The Jim Rome Show, ProFootballTalk Live, The Sirius XM Blitz with Rich Gannon and Adam Schein, Sirius XM's MadDog Radio, The Michael Irvin Show, Tony Bruno Show, Two Live Stews and FoxSports.com to name a few (or is that a lot?). He's caught a touchdown pass from Warren Moon during a flag football game and hates the Pittsburgh Steelers more than anyone else on the face of the earth. Twitter: RavenManiac  More from Kris Jones
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