He has been dealing with an Achilles injury for most of the season and rested it by practicing only once or twice a week. "It's the way we organize the whole program, to play our best in December and January", Harbaugh said. He was put on injured reserve again at the beginning of this season, but was brought back at the start of November. Like Smith, he was able to serve his suspension while on IR. Dixon had an additional two games tacked onto his suspension in September for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. Harbaugh said Maurice Canady will be one of the guys in the rotation filling in. He's a very instinctive player, so I see him playing a lot in the upcoming games.
On the season, the Ravens rank third in total passing yardage allowed and eighth in yards per attempt.
The seventh-year pro went down with the non-contact injury late in the second quarter and rookie Marlon Humphrey would come in to replace him.
Before Sunday, the Ravens' standard formula was to rely heavily on the NFL's most opportunistic defense and make sure the offense simply held onto the football.
"We knew we could do it. He plays inside and outside", Harbaugh said of Canady. "The good news is, we did it when we had to do, which was in this game".
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"I'm really not well versed on that".
Next up for the Ravens: A Sunday night matchup against rival Pittsburgh, which took a six-game winning streak into Monday night's game at Cincinnati.
In his absence, the Ravens will have to lean on Humphrey in the coming weeks.
"The secondary is the strength of our team", safety Eric Weddle said. "We're still trying to find our way".