The NFL has suspended Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata four game for violation of the league's performance enhancing drug policy, it was announced today. The suspension begins immediately, meaning the Pro Bowler will miss the last four games of the regular season.
According to a statement from Ngata, the positive test came from taking the prescription drug Adderall. "I made a mistake, and I own this," Ngata said. "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 has 31 tackles, two sacks, and two interceptions this season, while filling the middle of the defensive line for the Ravens. Baltimore is 7-5 on the year and in the thick of the AFC Playoff chase.
Baltimore heads to South Florida this weekend to face the Miami Dolphins. Miami is currently sitting in the 6th seed in the AFC, with a 7-5 record.