National Football League suspended Ravens CB Jimmy Smith four games for violating the policy on performance enhancing drugs.
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.
The suspension does include the ramification of a loss of four games' pay, so the decision to drop the appeal is far from inconsequential, but Smith restructured his contract and only has a minimum base salary this year. Smith started the Ravens' first 12 games this season and was tied for second on the team with three interceptions.
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According to Schefter, Smith made a decision to drop his appeal of his suspension after tearing his Achilles' tendon in the second quarter of Sunday's win.
Smith has been dealing with an Achilles injury for most of the season.
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.
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But it does clear the decks for him next year, allowing him to get the time served the rest of this season.
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 Ravens (7-5) are now chasing the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-2) in the AFC North.
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