Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson will be suspended for the first eight games of the 2013 season without pay for violating the NFL's performance enhancing drugs policy.
The NFL released a statement on the matter:
"Asa Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens has been suspended without pay for the team’s first eight games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
"Jackson will be eligible to return to the Ravens’ active roster on Monday, November 4 following the team’s November 3 game against the Cleveland Browns.
"Jackson is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games."
Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked about Jackson's suspension after practice.
"The reaction to that is that you've got to follow the rules," Harbaugh said. "If you don't follow the rules, you get suspended. That's a fair rule. There's no place for that. And he's getting what he deserves. As far as what it does to our corner depth, it's one less corner. We'll be missing Asa. If he'll be back after that, time will tell."
Harbaugh was then asked if this suspension could affect his standing with the team when the coaches decide on the final 53-man roster at the end of August.
"It really doesn't because it doesn't count against your 53-man roster., so it just means he's out of the picture," Harbaugh said. "What he needs to do is have a great camp and make us want him back after eight weeks, and try to be in position to help us during the second half of the season. It will be a big challenge for him. We've talked about it quite a bit. He's up for that challenge."
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