Baltimore Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson was suspended for the first eight games of the 2013 season for testing positive for Adderrall for his second violation of the NFL's performance enhancing drug policy. Jackson's suspension is now over and he could return to the Ravens as early as this week, if the team so chooses.
Jackson would provide some depth at corner and has performed very well on special teams as well, which would help the Ravens in both regards.
The Ravens would have to add him to the 53-man roster, and they will have a roster spot open once they officially put G Kelechi Osemele on IR as he is having back surgery to repair a bad disk.
“We’re going to take a good look at him this week and see where he’s at,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said Monday during his press conference. “Asa says he’s been working hard, that he’s in great shape. He’s been working with trainers in Arizona and Los Angeles, some football training work, so hopefully he’s in the kind of shape where he can slide right in there and help us.”
Another factor helping Jackson's case for being added to the roster is the fact that fellow cornerback Jimmy Smith suffered a minor groin injury on Sunday in the Ravens loss to the Browns, and with just four corners currently on the roster, it looks good for Jackson to replace Osemele on the roster.
“We’ll see if he can help us this week,” Harbaugh said. “If he can, with the situation at cornerback, that could be a plus for us. So I’m not ruling that out as a possibility.”
The Ravens will certainly wait till the end of the week to make this decision as they have the right to do so, but we would honestly be a little surprised if Baltimore does not add Jackson to the roster with the small number of corners on the roster and the need for good special teams depth.
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