The Ravens cornerback has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, ESPN reported, citing unidentified sources.
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. The suspension will ultimately cost him $182,352, though it's less than the $2 million he would have lost had he restructured his deal with Baltimore in August.
First, Smith tore his Achilles during the Ravens' win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon and will be out for the remainder of the season as a result.
Smith has been dealing with an Achilles injury for most of the season.
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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.
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.
Smith, the Ravens' first-round pick in 2011, matched his career high with three interceptions this season. He made three interceptions and led the Ravens with nine passes broken up. He's appeared in all 16 regular season games only twice; past year, he was placed on injured reserve after suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 14.
It's been a pretty tough couple of days for Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith. First-rounder Marlon Humphrey should take over for Smith in the starting lineup. The Ravens (7-5) now occupy the AFC's second wild card spot.
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