The surging Baltimore Ravens will play the final quarter of the regular season without cornerback Jimmy Smith, who will be on injured reserve while serving a suspension for violating the National Football League policy on performance enhancing substances.
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.
Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in Baltimore's 44-20 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
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Smith had to deal with a sore Achilles for much of the season and it has led many to wonder if it had contributed to the tear.
The 29-year-old will forfeit game checks for the Ravens' final four games of the regular season.
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. His base salary next year is $9 million according to Over the Cap, so he would stand to lose far more per game-more than 10 times more-than if he were to serve it now. Smith started the Ravens' first 12 games this season and was tied for second on the team with three interceptions. Smith will miss a total of 17 games over the past four seasons. Smith would then have been eligible for the postseason if Baltimore made the playoffs.
The Ravens (7-5) are now chasing the Pittsburgh Steelers (9-2) in the AFC North.