The Baltimore Ravens have to question whether cornerback Asa Jackson has a future with the team after he was suspended for a second time in nine months for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs.
The NFL announced Friday that Jackson has been suspended without pay for the Ravens' first eight games. He is eligible to return on Nov. 4 and based on how Baltimore has handled repeat offenders in the past that might be when the Ravens part ways with him.
As one Ravens team official once told me, if a player does something wrong once, it's a mistake. If a player makes the same mistake again, then it's a problem.
Jackson, a fifth-round pick from a year ago, was suspended last season for using the stimulant Adderall, which is a banned substance.
“I was diagnosed with a condition that can be treated with a medication allowed under the NFL/NFLPA policy after a player obtains a therapeutic use exemption,” Jackson told The Baltimore Sun. “I now have the required approval, but the positive test occurred before it was approved. The policy is very strict, so I have chosen to be immediately accountable.
Jackson added, "I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, and Ravens fans. I look forward to working hard in training camp and preseason, training hard during the discipline period and contributing to the team immediately upon my return.”
He has potential as a slot cornerback and special teams player, but the Ravens don't need Jackson and this sort of headache because they have depth at cornerback with Lardarius Webb, Jimmy Smith, Corey Graham, Chykie Brown and Chris Johnson.
If you're counting at home, Jackson has played in four games (if you count the playoffs) and has been suspended for 12 games. By the time he is eligible to come back in November, Jackson will have made $443,324 (including signing bonus) and been fined a total of $317,646.