The Baltimore Ravens will be without the services of Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata for the remainder of the 2014 regular season as he has been suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
Ngata, who has 31 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles so far this season, has admitted to using Adderall and said that is what led to him being suspended.
“I made a mistake, and I own this,” Ngata said via 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. My 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.”
This is a big blow for the Ravens, who like the Pittsburgh Steelers, enter Week 14 with a 7-5 record. With Ngata now sidelined, the Ravens hope to replace him in the lineup with rookie second-round pick Timmy Jernigan. There’s also a chance that Terrence Cody might return to action soon as he has yet to play this season after having surgery on his hip during the offseason.
The Ravens will play the Miami Dolphins this Sunday in a key AFC matchup.