Now, he won't be getting paid for the first month of his absence.
It's a pragmatic decision, since he suffered a torn Achilles yesterday and was done for the rest of the season anyway. His base salary next year is $9 million according to Over the Cap, so he would stand to lose far more per game-more than 10 times more-than if he were to serve it now. Harbaugh said Maurice Canady will be one of the guys in the rotation filling in. Like Smith, he was able to serve his suspension while on IR. Dixon had an additional two games tacked onto his suspension in September for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. "It's different than it has been before", head coach John Harbaugh said. "Our offense needed to step up and they did, and I'm really proud of them for that". To me, it's the players' responsibility. If they want to play, they're going be very vigilant about it and do a good job it. Smith started the Ravens' first 12 games this season and was tied for second on the team with three interceptions.
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Second-year cornerback Maurice Canady, who has largely played in the slot, could slide to the outside as a backup to Carr and Humphrey. Smith will miss a total of 17 games over the past four seasons.
"We've played better. We've found a way to win", Harbaugh said.
"Maurice is a versatile guy", Harbaugh said.