Jimmy Smith Suspended Four Games Under NFL's PED Policy

Cornerback Jimmy Smith of the Baltimore Ravens suffered a season-ending torn Achilles

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the seven-year veteran will use the time off to serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

The Baltimore Ravens have lost cornerback Jimmy Smith for the rest of the season with an Achilles injury that he suffered during the team's win on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

No details of the doping violation were released.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski suspended one game for late hit on Sunday
If Gronkowski chooses to serve the suspension, the Patriots will turn to Dwyane Allen as the starting tight end. Gronkowski, known widely as "Gronk", was flagged for unnecessary roughness at the time but not ejected.

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. He had been dealing with a sore Achilles all season long, but was able to start every game. "If you have the tightness or soreness, it doesn't lead to Achilles (tears)", Harbaugh said on Sunday. The Ravens (7-5) now occupy the AFC's second wild card spot. The two teams meet on Sunday in a crunch divisional clash.

The Ravens are expected to place Smith on injured reserve this week. Smith, who played his collegiate football at the University of Colorado, was originally selected by Baltimore in the first round (27th pick overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.

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.

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