OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Former Colorado Buffaloes and current Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith has been suspended for four games without pay for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

The suspension will take effect after the final mandated roster cuts on Sept. 1 and last through Baltimore's game at Pittsburgh on Sept. 30.

Smith, who is entering his seventh season, will be allowed to participate in all of the Ravens' preseason activities, including games.

The Ravens released a statement that in part read: "The Ravens fully support the NFL's decision. The NFL found evidence of threatening and emotionally abusive behaviors by Jimmy toward his former girlfriend that showed a pattern of improper conduct. Our player's behavior was inappropriate and wrong."

The 30-year-old Smith played in 12 games last season before an Achilles tendon injury forced him to miss the team's final four games. During those four weeks, he chose to accept an NFL suspension for using performance enhancers.


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