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Asa Jackson reinstated from suspended list

Asa Jackson, Michael Smith AP

A second violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy earned Baltimore Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson an eight-game suspension.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Jackson has now completed that suspension and is eligible to return to practice with the Ravens this week. The Ravens have been granted a one-week roster exemption for Jackson through next Monday.

Jackson said in August that he had been diagnosed with a condition that allowed him to be treated with a medication on the banned substances list via a therapeutic use exemption. However, Jackson said that a team doctor never filed the paperwork with the league and he tested positive again without the exemption in place.

Jackson could fill the roster spot vacated by the placing of guard Kelechi Osemele on injured reserve. Jackson appeared in three games for the Ravens in 2012 and recorded one tackle. Jackson did return a punt for a 78-yard touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in the preseason.

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3 Responses to “Asa Jackson reinstated from suspended list”
  1. guitarkevin says: Nov 5, 2013 8:44 AM

    I guess this is positive news. Unfortunately losing Osemele isn’t.
    This year can’t get much worse for the Ravens.

    Oh wait, Joe is on pace to throw for more than 4000 yards. Yeah

  2. godofwine330 says: Nov 5, 2013 9:30 AM

    I think this is sad by the NFL. I know so many people try to beat the system and you try to punish them to keep everybody in line, but when you have a guy who has a legitimate issue and didn’t file the paperwork and he isn’t cut any slack? Why? I mean, it can be researched rather quickly if there actually is an issue, and if there is then the guy isn’t trying to beat the system as the druggies and juicers would because the doctor would show the legitimate issue. So why suspend him? There are reasons and there are excuses, and once the situation is explained, especially with a doctor saying so, it clearly defines which is which.

    We talk about bullying, but not allowing a guy to keep playing after his excuse was shown to be a legitimate reason and not an excuse punishes the innocent, which isn’t the reason that the rules were set in place. It basically says that, “You are innocent, but you went about it the wrong way so you still get the maximum penalty.”

    Great job, NFL.

  3. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 5, 2013 11:18 AM

    “Glad to have him back”

    – Big Ben, Brown, Sanders, Heath, and Cotchery

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