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In return from suspension, Will Hill makes regular-season debut with Ravens

Ravens safety Will Hill made a successful return Sunday from a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

In his regular-season debut for the Ravens, Hill played extensively at free safety and also covered kickoffs. He recorded one tackle for a loss and a quarterback hit on a safety blitz.

"I felt good out there," Hill said. "It was easy for me to get back on the field with that front seven getting that rush on. It was good to be back out there, just the feeling, the energy this stadium has.

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"It was a called blitz. I just saw the opening and tried to get there before he got rid of the ball. I know they have a great deal of confidence in me now. They were pretty satisfied with my play."

The Ravens rotated Hill heavily with starting free safety Darian Stewart.

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"From what I could tell, he played well," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He flew around, made a tackle or two. He eyed a couple of things up timing-wise on some pressures. For being out for six weeks, it looks like he played well."

A former New York Giants starter, Hill was cut by the NFC East team in June after an unsuccessful appeal of a suspension for a positive marijuana drug test that he told The Baltimore Sun was triggered by inhaling second-hand smoke.

"Everybody was really excited when we got him, and we couldn't wait for him to get out on the field," outside linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "A lot of us just wanted to see him play, and he got out there and made some plays. So, it feels really good."

This marked Hill's first regular-season game since last season with the Giants, when he had 77 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

"It's definitely more meaningful just to be out here with my comrades," Hill said. "I thanked the whole organization for letting me be here. This league is special."

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