The fact that it was a sports hernia -- essentially a tear in the abdominal six-pack -- complicates matters more than groin surgery (though sports hernias often originally are considered groin injuries).
The general timetable can be anywhere from three to six weeks, making it questionable if Smith can return before the end of the season.
This is a Ravens secondary that already had big questions. Their best cornerback, Lardarius Webb, is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Ed Reed has been battling a shoulder injury all season. We watched him on Game Rewind the past two weeks, and he doesn't look close to healthy. He's very hesitant to make tackles.