The Ravens are still hoping for a similar outcome for suspended safety Will Hill once the NFL and the NFL Players Association finish haggling over the final details of the substance-abuse policy.
Until theagreement is finalized, Hill essentially remains in professional limbo as he awaits word on whether his six-game suspension will be reduced or upheld. Hill, who signed a one-year, $570,000 contract with the Ravens in July after being cut by the New York Giants, has already served two games of his punishment.
The NFL and the players' union are still haggling over Hill's status and he could fall into a gray area of the proposed new marijuana policy. There's a chance he won't be reinstated, depending upon how it's interpreted, according to sources.
Under the new marijuana sanctions, a first offense draws a referral, a second offense gets a fine of two game checks, a third offense triggers a four-game fine, a fourth offense carries a four-game suspension. It's a 10-game suspension for a fifth offense and a sixth violation means being banished for at least a year, according to sources. The threshold for a positive test for marijuana has increased to 35 ng/ml from the previous limit of 15 ng/ml.
Hill is working out at the Ravens' training complex while he serves his discipline. Hill told The Baltimore Sun previously that his failed marijuana test stemmed from inhaling second-hand smoke.
"No new word on Will, I reallly have no word on that at all," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "Will is in here working out every day. He's in the meetings. To my knowledge, I don't think he's heard anything, either. He hasn't said anything to me."