NFL rocked by another case of doping as the season draws closer.
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson has been suspended by the National Football League for eight games after a second violation of its performance-enhancing substances policy.
Jackson was banned for four games last year, his rookie season in the NFL, and as a repeat violator will miss half the regular season, remaining ineligible until the Ravens’ November 10 game against Cincinnati.
Jackson told the Baltimore Sun that he was diagnosed with a condition that could be treated with medication that would be allowed under the NFL’s policy, but he tested positive before he received such approval.
Jackson was suspended last year for the unauthorized use of Adderall, the same medication that is the cause of this suspension, according to the newspaper.
“You’ve got to follow the rules. There’s really no place for that. He’s getting what he deserves,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said on the team’s Twitter page.
“We’ll be missing Asa for the first eight weeks. Whether he’ll be back after that, time will tell.”
Jackson will be eligible to play in pre-season games this month. Last year he played in three games for the Ravens.