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Ravens granted roster exemption as Asa Jackson reinstated

Cornerback returns from eight-game suspension, still not on active roster

By Aaron Wilson

The Baltimore Sun

7:21 AM EST, November 5, 2013

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Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson has been reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell from the reserve-suspended list.

And the NFL has been granted the Ravens a roster exemption for Jackson through Monday. They can place Jackson on the active roster at any time and could place left offensive guard Kelechi Osmele on injured reserve to create a roster spot.

Jackson completed an eight-game suspension for violating the NFL performance-enhancing drug policy and has been training in Arizona and Los Angeles.

"We're going to take a good look at him this week," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We'll see where he's at. Asa says he's been working hard and he's in great shape. Hopefully, he's in that kind of shape where he can slide right in there and help us. We'll see if he can help us this week. I'm not ruling that out as a possibility."

Jackson was suspended for unauthorized use of Adderall, the second time he's been punished by the league after serving a four-game suspension last season as a rookie.

This latest suspension cost Jackson eight game checks from his $480,000 base salary, a loss in pay of $225,882. Jackson is paid $28,235 per week during the regular season.

Adderall is a medication that heightens concentration and is commonly used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

“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 said in a statement in August when he was suspended. “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.

“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.”

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