The Baltimore Ravens were delt a big blow as Haloti Ngata has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s PED policy. Ngata failed a drug test for taking Adderall, the ADHD drug that Baltimore Orioles Chris Davis was suspended for.
Ngata will not be eligible to play until the playoffs if the Ravens win. Ngata is considered one of the best nose tackles in the game and was having a very strong season.
Ngata has two sacks and two interceptions this season and is one of the Ravens leaders. The Ravens will have to have Brandon Williams step up in his absence and can also turn to Terrence Cody.
The Ravens defensive line has played well but it will be hard to hold up without Ngata, a player that plays nearly every down. If the Ravens do make the playoffs without Ngata he will be fresh and healthy for the run.
Here is the press release from the Ravens.
HALOTI NGATA SUSPENDED BY NFL
Baltimore Ravens DT Haloti Ngata has been suspended by the NFL for the next four games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
Statement from Haloti Ngata:
“I made a mistake, and I own this. I took Adderall and take full responsibility for doing this. I am deeply sorry and broken up over this. I let down my family, my teammates, Ravens fans and myself. My hope is that the Ravens make the playoffs, and I believe they can do this. And, then I can come back and help us win.”
Statement from Ravens general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome:
“This is disappointing news for the Ravens. We are disappointed with Haloti, but no more than he is with himself.”
Statement by an NFL Spokesperson:
“Haloti Ngata of the Baltimore Ravens has been suspended without pay for the team’s next four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
“Ngata’s suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to return to the Ravens’ active roster on Monday, December 29 following the team’s final regular season game on December 28 against the Cleveland Browns.
“Ngata is eligible to participate in all playoff games.”