Ravens' Jimmy Smith Financially Wise To Drop Suspension Appeal After Achilles Tear

Ravens' Jimmy Smith Financially Wise To Drop Suspension Appeal After Achilles Tear

Ravens' Jimmy Smith Financially Wise To Drop Suspension Appeal After Achilles Tear

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 reportedly knew of his suspension last week and was planning to appeal, but will withdraw that appeal and serve the suspension while he is out for the year with an injury.

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Smith is now the second important cornerback that the Ravens, however, have lost for the season, even if they have sought to rebuild the unit. Like Smith, he was able to serve his suspension while on IR. Dixon had an additional two games tacked onto his suspension in September for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. "He has played, I think, at an All-Pro level this year", Harbaugh said.

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He has been dealing with an Achilles injury for most of the season and rested it by practicing only once or twice a week.

He became a full-time starter for the Ravens in his third season, starting all 16 regular-season games and finishing with 58 total tackles, two picks, three forced fumbles and 16 pass defenses. "It's the way we organize the whole program, to play our best in December and January", Harbaugh said. "We have a lot of good, young players. I'm really confident in that". 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.

In his absence, the Ravens will have to lean on Humphrey in the coming weeks.

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