Five-time Pro Bowler Haloti Nagata has been suspended for the rest of the regular seasons the Ravens announced on Thursday.
Nagata has violated the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. He would be eligible to return for the playoffs- if the Ravens qualified.
“I made a mistake, and I own this,” Ngata said in a statement. “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.”
The Ravens run defense was fifth in the NFL with the ninth year veteran being a big reason. Nagata had two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and seven batted passes on the season.
Second round pick Timmy Jernigan will be tasked with filling Ngata’s role.
“This is disappointing news for the Ravens,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said. “We are disappointed with Haloti, but no more than he is with himself.”