Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was suspended Thursday by the NFL for the remainder of the regular season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
Ngata tested postive for Adderrall and will be eligible to return to the team on Dec. 29, one day after the Ravens’ final regular season game.
“I made a mistake and I own this,” Ngata said in a statement released by the team. “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. Mu 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.”
Ngata’s suspension is ill-timed to say the least, with the Ravens in the thick of a Playoff race, they could hardly afford to lose any player, especially a dominate player like Ngata.
“This is disappointing news for the Ravens,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said. “We are disappointed with Haloti, but no more than he his with himself.”
Ngata had 32 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, and was key in the Ravens’ run defense. He is a big reason why rookie linebacker CJ Mosley is having such an impressive rookie campaign.
Ngata will lose $2 million from his $8.5 base salary with the Ravens getting $2 million back against the cap, according to The Baltimore Sun.
With Ngata out, look for rookie Timmy Jernigan, Lawrence Guy, DeAngelo Williams and Terrance Cody to fill the void.
The Ravens (7-5) will travel to Miami (7-5) to play the Dolphins in a critical AFC matchup for what could mean the season for both teams.