Ravens CB Jimmy Smith Suspended Four Games for PED Violation

Report: Ravens CB Jimmy Smith Suspended Four Games for PED Violation

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith has been given a four-game suspension for an anti-doping violation, the National Football League announced on Monday.

Smith, the Ravens' top cornerback, chose to drop his appeal and begin serving his suspension after tearing his Achilles in Sunday's 44-20 victory over the Detroit Lions, the source told Schefter. Since he can serve the suspension while injured, he is dropping his appeal.

Smith's season ended in the second quarter Sunday, when he fell to the ground while trying to cover a deep route.

Smith was having an All-Pro-caliber season this year, being one of the best shutdown cornerbacks in the NFL.


It's a pragmatic decision, since he suffered a torn Achilles yesterday and was done for the rest of the season anyway. The 29-year-old will now miss a total of 17 games in four seasons after playing just two full 16-game seasons in seven years.

In relief of Smith, Humphrey saw a number of snaps in the game.

Rookie first-round pick Marlon Humphrey will replace Smith in the starting lineup this week when the Ravens (7-5) travel to play the AFC North-leading Pittsburgh Steelers (9-2) in a Sunday night game.

The Baltimore Sun reported Smith and the team were made aware of the pending suspension last week. Smith will also lose his pay for the final four games.

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