Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh kept his thoughts to himself on the suspension of star player Haloti Ngata. (BSMG)
Ravens coach John Harbaugh decided to keep his thoughts about Haloti Ngata's suspension to himself on Friday.
The star defensive tackle was suspended for the final four regular season games on Thursday after testing positive for what he said was Adderall.
"My thoughts are my own," Harbaugh said, his first comments since the NFL announced the drug suspension. "They are what they are.
"The important thing is preparing for this game, getting this game right and doing what we have to do to win the game. And that has been my thought. That's all we really have time for. Any other thought is not important."
Ngata had been a cornerstone of the Ravens' defense through the first 12 games of the season, with 32 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and seven passed defended.
He'll be replaced by a number of players, including rookie defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and fellow tackle Terrence Cody, plus defensive ends Lawrence Guy and DeAngelo Tyson.
"They're ready," Harbaugh said. "The guys are definitely ready to go. We're deep in that position, and I'm excited to see the guys play. Those young guys are going to get an opportunity to play."