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Ravens safety Will Hill could get reduced suspension if/when new drug testing policy goes into effect

Hill is serving a six-game suspension for a positive drug test.

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A lot has been made over Josh Gordon and Wes Welker regarding the two receivers getting reduced suspensions with the drug testing policy that is likely to go into effect in the next day or so.

Gordon has previously been reported to be seeing a season-long suspension reduced to 10 games with Welker likely being reinstated immediately. Gordon tested positive for marijuana and got the harsh punishment after being in Stage 3 of the NFL's drug testing program. Welker tested positive for amphetamines and is a first-time offender. However, with the marijuana threshold being raised and offseason amphetamines use going toward the substance-abuse policy instead of the performance-enhancing policy, neither player would have received the suspensions they got if this new soon-to-be agreement was in effect.

And that brings us to Ravens safety Will Hill. Hill was suspended for the first six games of the 2014 season after testing positive for marijuana this offseason. A repeat offender, Hill claimed the positive test was from second-hand smoke but the NFL didn't buy the excuse. Now, if Hill's positive test came under the new 35 ng/ml threshold (as opposed to the previous 15 ng/ml), then he could be reinstated or receive a retroactively reduced suspension much like Gordon. Even if it's over the 35 ng/ml threshold, there's a chance his suspension is reduced.

As of now Ravens coach John Harbaugh doesn't know where this stands.

"I have no sense of that at all," Harbaugh told reporters at his Monday press conference. "No one has spoken to me about that, and I don't know a thing about that right now. I'm interested in it though."

The Ravens could use Hill in the secondary, though they've received great play from the back end to start the season. Adding Hill would simply give defensive coordinator Dean Pees more freedom to craft substitution packages, which could cause more problems for opposing offenses.