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.
The Baltimore Sun reported Smith and the team were made aware of the pending suspension last week.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh confirmed Monday that Smith will go on IR, and said the team knew of the pending suspension before Sunday's game.
It's a double black eye for Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith.
Smith has been dealing with an Achilles injury for most of the season.
Had Smith's appeal been denied, he could've served the suspension over the final four games of the regular season and returned for the playoffs. 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. He started the Ravens' first 12 games and also had 26 tackles and nine passes defended. "It's the way we organize the whole program, to play our best in December and January", Harbaugh said. "[But] we have a lot of depth. Our offense needed to step up and they did, and I'm really proud of them for that". First-rounder Marlon Humphrey should take over for Smith in the starting lineup.
On the season, the Ravens rank third in total passing yardage allowed and eighth in yards per attempt.