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Baltimore Ravens tight end Darren Waller suspended after violating NFL’s substance abuse policy

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Seems the Friday bad news dump has finally landed in Baltimore.

Tight End Darren Waller has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2016 NFL regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Waller will be eligible to return to the Ravens’ active roster on Monday, October 3 following the team’s October 2 game against the Oakland Raiders.

Waller is still eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.

An already stocked up tight end group, this may be land the ax on Waller. The depth chart currently filled with names such as Dennis Pitta, Benjamin Watson, Maxx Williams and Crockett Gillmore. All four seemingly shoe-ins, it’s tough to imagine the Ravens would like Waller on the squad.

If the Ravens do want a fifth TE, the battle shall be between Daniel Brown, Waller, and don’t forget Nick Boyle. The problem, both Boyle and Waller are suspended. In addition Boyle is suspended for 10 games rather than 4. Boyle was a fifth round pick and I’m not sure the Ravens want to give up on him after his play last season. Instead hoping he’s done breaking the NFL’s rules.

Personal verdict: Expect Darren Waller to be gone by the final roster. Too many players ahead, and you can’t produce when not playing.