Asa Jackson suspended for positive PED test

Asa Jackson suspended for positive PED test
August 2, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Asa Jackson suspended 8 games for PED's

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Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson has been suspended eight games without pay for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy for the second time, the league announced Friday.

A fifth-round draft pick in 2102, Jackson had already been suspended four games as a rookie last season. He will not be eligible to return to the Ravens until Nov. 4, the day after their Nov. 3 game vs. the Browns. 

Jackson is eligible to participate in training camp and the preseason, but his suspension will begin at the start of the regular season.

Harbaugh said Jackson would have to accept the consequences of his predicament.

“You got to follow the rules,” Harbaugh said following Friday’s practice. “You don’t follow the rules, you get suspended. That’s a fair rule. There’s no place for that. He’s getting what he deserves.

“As far as what it does to our corner depth, that’s one less corner that we have.”

The bigger question is whether Jackson will be welcomed back by the Ravens once his suspension ends.

“Time will tell,’’ Harbaugh said. “He doesn’t count against your 53-man roster. What he needs to do is have a good camp, and make us want him back after eight weeks. It will be a big challenge for him. We talked about it quite a bit and he’s up for the challenge.”

According to the Baltimore Sun, both of Jackson’s suspensions have been for usage of the drug Adderall.

Reached by telephone by Comcast Sports-Baltimore Friday afternoon, Jackson’s agent, Kenny Zuckerman, indicated that Jackson has obtained a therapeutic use exemption from the league to take Adderall for a medical condition. However, Jackson had not obtained the exemption before testing positive.

Zuckerman said that Jackson would not appeal the suspension.

“He got the T. U. E. (therapeutic use exemption), but it’s a bummer he didn’t have the T. U. E. in place before the test,” Zuckerman said. “There’s nothing really more to say. It is what it is.”

Asked how Jackson was dealing with the punishment, Zuckerman said, “I think he’s bummed out.”

Jackson saw action in just three games last season before his suspension hit. He was eligible for the final two postseason games, but missed them with a thigh injury.

Jackson issued a statement to the Baltimore Sun which said in part, “I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, and Ravens fans. I look forward to working hard in training camp and preseason, training hard during the discipline period and contributing to the team immediately upon my return.”