Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Ravens CB Smith suspended 4 games for PED violation

Ravens CB Smith suspended 4 games for PED violation

Smith, 29, made a decision to drop his appeal and begin serving his suspension immediately after being injured in the 44-20 victory over the Detroit Lions.

The suspension will cost Smith $182,352 (153,600 euros) in lost earnings, ESPN reported.

If Smith didn't go down with a significant injury, he might have missed the final four regular season games anyway, depending on the outcome of the appeal.

Losing Smith surely will impact the Ravens' stop unit that has been among the best in the National Football League, as it ranks third overall in scoring defense with only 17.2 points surrendered per game.

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.

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Smith suffered a torn Achilles in the second quarter of Sunday's 44-20 win over the Lions and is expected to be placed on injured reserve this week.

Smith, a first-round draft pick in 2011, has been hampered by injuries throughout his career. He started the Ravens' first 12 games and also had 26 tackles and nine passes defended. He has only played two full 16-game seasons in seven years.

Smith, and the team likely, as well, were already aware of the pending suspension, as Gilbert and the Steelers were before it was announced, but it came out at that time because the cornerback chose to drop his appeal.

The Ravens (7-5) are now chasing the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-2) in the AFC North.

That injury did open the door for rookie first-round pick Marlon Humphrey to play, and he has lived up to expectations for the Ravens. Smith would've helped in covering the likes of Antonio Brown, Josh Gordon, T.Y.

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