Ravens DT Haloti Ngata suspended four games for PED violation

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Haloti Ngata suspended for remainder of regular season
Thursday December 4th, 2014

The NFL has suspended Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata for four games without pay for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, the team announced Thursday.

Ngata said in a statement that he took Adderall and takes "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 said.

The Ravens have four games left in the regular season. Ngata will miss contests against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars (Dec. 14), Houston Texans (Dec. 21) and the Cleveland Browns (Dec. 28). He is eligible to return on Monday, Dec. 29. 

"This is disappointing news for the Ravens. We are disappointed with Haloti, but not more than he is with himself,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said.

The Ravens are in a three-way tie for second place in the AFC North, behind the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Ngata, a three-time first team All-Pro selection and five-time Pro Bowl defender, has 31 tackles, two sacks and two fumble recoveries this season. He is tied for the team lead with two interceptions.

Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reports that the Ravens found out about Ngata's suspension on Wednesday. 

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