A report has surfaced that Baltimore Ravens Cornerback Jimmy Smith will likely serve a suspension due to violating NFL policy.
The Baltimore Ravens are bracing for a likely multi-game suspension for veteran cornerback Jimmy Smith for violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports via Twitter.
Smith, 30, was absent during the Ravens 20-19 preseason victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night due to his commitment to meet with NFL officials regarding his impending suspension.
Despite the unknowns of Smith’s violation, a report from Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun from November 2017 reveals a child custody dispute between Smith and the mother of his son, along with illegal drug use and domestic violence may be the reasoning behind his potential suspension.
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The first round pick of the 2011 NFL draft has missed significant time the past two seasons after playing all 16 games in 2015. Most recently, Smith suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon during the 2017 season.
The impending suspension will not be Smith’s first time after the NFL suspended him four games due to taking performance-enhancing drugs. Fortunately for Smith, he was able to serve his suspension while recovering from his Achilles injury.
As a result, the Ravens top cornerback Brandon Carr will carry a heavier workload to start the season. As of now, second-year cornerback Marlon Humphrey will take over the other starting role next to Carr as the 2018-19 NFL season gets underway. Others expected to step into a much bigger role includes rookie Anthony Averett and veteran Tavon Young.
The Baltimore Ravens have already looked outside the organization for help by holding a workout for former Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who is still currently a free agent.
Breeland had a deal in place with the Carolina Panthers over the offseason, but after failing a physical, the Panthers voided his three-year deal worth $24 million and $11 million guaranteed.