Jimmy Smith receives 4-game suspension

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It's been a pretty tough couple of days for Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith.

Now, he won't be getting paid for the first month of his absence.

Meanwhile, the Ravens have also announced that the National Football League (NFL) has handed Smith a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

It's a pragmatic decision, since he suffered a torn Achilles yesterday and was done for the rest of the season anyway. Second-year running back Kenneth Dixon was suspended for the first four games of the season, but suffered a season-ending meniscus injury before the season began. Harbaugh said Maurice Canady will be one of the guys in the rotation filling in.

"He has played at an All-Pro level this year", Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters. To me, it's the players' responsibility. He made three interceptions and led the Ravens with nine passes broken up.

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Rookie first-round pick Marlon Humphrey will replace Smith in the starting lineup this week when the Ravens (7-5) travel to play the AFC North-leading Pittsburgh Steelers (9-2) in a Sunday night game.

"It's the way we organize the whole program, to play our best in December and January", Harbaugh said in his Monday news conference.

On the season, the Ravens rank third in total passing yardage allowed and eighth in yards per attempt. "Our offense needed to step up and they did, and I'm really proud of them for that". He's a very instinctive player, so I see him playing a lot in the upcoming games.

"Maurice is a versatile guy", Harbaugh said. "He'll probably be inside and outside as we go, by package and by need".

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