Haloti Ngata, one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL, has been suspended for four games according to the NFL’s PED policy, the Baltimore Ravens just announced.
Ngata quickly released a statement saying it was for his use of adderall.
This is a crippling blow to the Ravens, who already lost their top cornerback, Jimmy Smith, to injury earlier this season.
Baltimore, which is 7-5 and in the AFC playoff hunt, is suddenly in trouble. After giving up 34 points in a bad home loss to San Diego, the Ravens now must go to Miami this week in a pivotal game without their defensive leader. Fortunately, winnable games against Jacksonville and Houston follow, but that regular season finale against Cleveland could be for a playoff spot.