Dec 12, 2012 3:36 PM by Andrew Masuda

NFL suspends former Mustang Asa Jackson for violating substance abuse policy

The NFL has suspended former Cal Poly All-American Asa Jackson for four games without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Jackson was suspended for using Adderall, not steroids. Adderall is a prescription drug intended to help those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and increase a person's focus and behavior control. A player can apply for therapeutic use exemption. Already this season, several NFL players, including starting cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman of Seattle have been suspended for testing positive for Adderall.

A fifth round draft pick by Baltimore in the 2012 Draft, Jackson has played the last three weeks on special teams after being inactive for Baltimore's first ten games. The only defensive player to be named to the All-Great West Conference First Team for four-straight years has one tackle for the Ravens.

If the Ravens make the playoffs, Jackson will be eligible to return to the active roster the day after Baltimore's first playoff games. Jackson's roster spot could be taken by linebacker Ray Lewis, who is eligible to return from a triceps injury.

The Ravens host the Denver Broncos this weekend.



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