Ravens CB Jimmy Smith suspended 4 games for PED violation

Sep 17 2017 Baltimore MD USA Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith reacts after a play against the Cleveland Browns in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports

A day after tearing his Achillies, it has been announced that Ravens' corner back Jimmy Smith will be suspended for four games for use of performance enhancing drugs.

Smith planned to file an appeal after the Ravens were informed of the pending suspension last week, but he's now dropping his appeal because he's expected to end the season on the injured reserve list anyway.

Smith also suffered a season-ending injury late a year ago, but the team feels more comfortable in their depth this time around. The Ravens signed free agent cornerback Brandon Carr over the offseason and used their first-round draft pick to select Marlon Humphrey out of Alabama.

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Smith's injury tainted an otherwise impressive afternoon for the Ravens (7-5), who played their most complete game of the year.

"I knew about it before the injury", head coach John Harbaugh said Monday.

He has been dealing with an Achilles injury for most of the season and rested it by practicing only once or twice a week. Still, due to injuries, Smith has only played two full seasons, with the other 16-game campaign coming in 2015-16, when he recorded 54 stops in all, one sack, three interceptions, 10 pass defenses and one defensive score. "[But] we have a lot of depth". We'll step up, and we'll still play at a really high level in the secondary. Now, the Ravens are riding a three-game win streak — their longest of the season — and holding down the final seed in the AFC playoff picture. "I'm really confident in that". Humphrey made some adjustments and was able to get an interception that sealed the victory for the Ravens late in the fourth quarter.

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