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Ravens DB Asa Jackson suspended eight games for PED violation

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Asa Jackson has been suspended for eight games after violating the NFL's PED policy for a second time. (USATSI)
Asa Jackson has been suspended for eight games after violating the NFL's PED policy for a second time. (USATSI)

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson has been suspended for the first eight games of the 2013 season after violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league announced on Friday.

This is Jackson's second violation of the league's PED policy, which is why he was suspended eight games instead of the four given to a first time offender.

Jackson was suspended for four games at the end of the 2012 regular season. The 23-year-old defensive back had to sit out Baltimore's final three regular season games and the Ravens postseason opener against Indianapolis.

Jackson reacted to his latest suspension on Twitter.

As a rookie last season, the Ravens fifth-round pick only saw action in two games, a Week 13 win over San Diego and Baltimore's Division playoff win over Denver.

Jackson is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. However, once the regular season starts, Jackson won't be able to return to the team until the day after Baltimore's eighth game.


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