Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, a five-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro, has been suspended for four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The Ravens have just four games left, so he's done for the rest of the regular season.
Ngata, a 6-4, 340-pound force of nature who moves so well he has two interceptions this season, said he failed the test for using Adderall, a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The NFL does not announce specific reasons for failed drug tests.
Ngata: “I made a mistake, and I own this. I took Adderall and take full responsibility for doing this."— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 4, 2014
Ngata: "I am deeply sorry and broken up over this. I let down my family, my teammates, #Ravens fans and myself."— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 4, 2014
Whatever the reason, the Ravens are now without one of their best players for a big stretch of games. Baltimore is 7-5, one of six AFC teams tied at 7-5 for the final wild-card spot. Every other team's chances look a little bit better after this news.
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