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Will Hill suspended 10 games by NFL due to substance abuse

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Releasing Will Hill was an easy decision for Ravens (0:55)

NFL Nation reporter Jamison Hensley discusses why the Ravens moved swiftly to cut safety Will Hill just before news broke about his 10-game suspension. (0:55)

Safety Will Hill, released by the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday, has been suspended 10 games by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy, league sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan.

When reached by ESPN, the NFL declined comment on Hill's discipline.

Hill signed a two-year, $7 million extension in August of 2015 with the Ravens, which included $5.16 million guaranteed.

This is the fourth suspension of Hill's career. He was suspended three times with the New York Giants; four games for performance-enhancing drugs in 2012; four games for substance abuse in '13 and six games for substance abuse in '14.

His release by Baltimore on Wednesday came hours after the team signed Eric Weddle. Hill fell out of favor toward the end of this past season.

The Ravens started Lardarius Webb over Hill in the final two regular-season games.