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Ravens place Bob Rainey on IR, sign Cornerback Chris Johnson

11/14/12 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

The Baltimore Ravens made some roster moves on Tuesday to add depth to an injury plagued secondary. With second-year cornerback Jimmy Smith still hindered by groin injury, the Baltimore Ravens signed cornerback Chris Johnson to the 53-man roster. To accommodate Chris Johnson, the Baltimore Ravens placed rookie running back Bob Rainey Injured reserve with a season ending knee injury.
 
Chris Johnson’s addition could be a point of concern for Jimmy Smith’s hopes of starting again after he was held out of Sunday’s game despite being listed on the active roster. The Baltimore Ravens decided not to play Jimmy Smith in the 55-20 home win against the Oakland Raiders after his strained groin didn’t loosen-up during pre-game warm-ups and again by half-time.
 
“We're going to have to take a hard look at (Jimmy Smith’s injury) Monday and just see where he’s at,” said Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh after the game against Oakland Raiders.
 
Graham Corey started at cornerback in Jimmy Smith’s absence with Chykie Brown playing at nickel back.
 
Jimmy Smith’s status for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburg Steelers is still uncertain.
 
However, besides Jimmy Smith’s injury, the Baltimore Ravens lack additional depth in the secondary after shutdown cornerback Lardarius Webb was ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament.
 
The 6-foot-1 Chris Johnson had brief stints playing for the Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Rams as well as being signed and then released without seeing any game action with the Kansas City Cheofs previously. Chris Johnson played the last five seasons for the Oakland Raiders before being given time-off on the reserve-non-football injury list after his mother and sister were shot in Texas and later being released in March. He was held out earlier in the season due to issues with injuries as well.
 
The 33-year-old Chris Johnson has 72 career games (with 29 starts), 8 interceptions, and three forced fumbles through ten years in the league.
 
The undrafted rookie from Western Kentucky, Bob Rainey, remained on the Baltimore Ravens’ active roster through three games but never saw any game action.
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