Haloti Ngata suspended four games for PEDs violation

The NFL has suspended Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata for four games due to a violation of the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy.

Those four games come at a horrible time for the Ravens, with the organization in the mix for a playoff berth. With the defense struggling of late, losing Ngata will hurt significantly. Ngata claims he tested positive for the drug Adderall, which is banned without proper league approval per an individual's medical needs.

“I made a mistake, and I own this," Ngata said in a statement. "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.”

Ngata, suspended immediately, is eligible to return to the Ravens on Dec. 29, following the team's final regular-season game. If the Ravens reach the playoffs, Ngata will be able to participate.

Ngata was having a great season up until this news. He's recorded 31 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions. More importantly, Ngata has been a huge presence inside, which has allowed outside linebackers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil to get after quarterbacks in favorable matchups.

Not having Ngata will be a major blow to the Ravens' postseason chances.

“This is disappointing news for the Ravens," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "We are disappointed with Haloti, but no more than he is with himself.”

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