Jimmy Smith suspended four 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

Adding insult to injury, just after the Baltimore Ravens lost their top cornerback, Jimmy Smith, for the remainder of the season to a torn Achilles, it was also announced that he is facing a four-game suspension related to the use of performance-enhancing substances, the same type of suspension now being served by Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert.

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 would have lost $2 million if he hadn't restructured his deal in August.

But they got some bad news on cornerback Jimmy Smith, who is now out for the season with a torn Achilles.

Smith tore his left Achilles tendon in Sunday's 44-20 victory over Detroit.

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As Schefter mentioned, Smith will not try to appeal the suspension, a practical move since he'll be able to undergo the punishment right away even while he's recuperating from the injury.

Injuries have consistently hampered Smith's career.

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. Second-year running back Kenneth Dixon was suspended for the first four games of the season, but suffered a season-ending meniscus injury before the season began. 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. 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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