Jimmy Smith Suspended 4 Games For Violating PED Policy

Lynette Rowe
December 5, 2017

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, 29, made a decision to drop his appeal and begin serving his suspension after being injured in the 44-20 victory over the Detroit Lions, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Now, Smith's season will end on injured reserve, and ESPN reports that the suspension will cost him $182,352.

According to Schefter, Smith chose to drop his appeal of his suspension after tearing his Achilles' tendon in the second quarter of Sunday's win. Smith would have lost $2 million if he hadn't restructured his deal in August.

It's a pragmatic decision, since he suffered a torn Achilles yesterday and was done for the rest of the season anyway. Overall this season, the 29-year-old has registered 28 total tackles, three interceptions, one fumble recovery, nine pass defenses and two defensive touchdowns.

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Smith, a first-round draft pick in 2011, has been hampered by injuries throughout his career.

With Smith out, the Ravens will ask rookie Marlon Humphrey to step up. As it turns out, he may have had to sit out the final four games of the regular season regardless.

Losing Smith for the season is going to be a major hit for what's been an excellent Baltimore Ravens secondary this year. Smith would've helped in covering the likes of Antonio Brown, Josh Gordon, T.Y.

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