Then, the news broke that he reportedly tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance and will be suspended for four games as a result, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Smith was having a Pro Bowl-caliber season so far, leading the league with a 37.0 passer rating on balls thrown his way.
The suspension will ultimately cost him $182,352, which would've been $2 million if had not just restructured his deal with Baltimore in August.
It's a pragmatic decision, since he suffered a torn Achilles yesterday and was done for the rest of the season anyway. Smith, who played his collegiate football at the University of Colorado, was originally selected by Baltimore in the first round (27th pick overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Smith will miss a total of 17 games over the past four seasons. Rookie Marlon Humphrey, a first-round pick out of Alabama, is expected to start opposite Brandon Carr when the Ravens visit the Steelers on Sunday.
Smith, a key part of the Ravens defense, was injured in the second quarter of Sunday's game when he crumpled to the turf while trying to cover a deep pass. Smith would then have been eligible for the postseason if Baltimore made the playoffs. As it turns out, he may have had to sit out the final four games of the regular season regardless. Smith would've helped in covering the likes of Antonio Brown, Josh Gordon, T.Y.