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Ravens safety Christian Thompson suspended four games

Baltimore Ravens Minicamp

OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 13: Christian Thompson #33 of the Baltimore Ravens takes part in a practice during the Baltimore Ravens minicamp on May 13, 2012 in Owings Mills, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Patrick McDermott

The NFL has suspended Ravens safety Christian Thompson for the first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating its substance-abuse policy, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reported Monday.

The Ravens’ website also reported the news.

“We have been aware of this situation for some time,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said, according to BaltimoreRavens.com.

A fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft, Thompson played in seven games for the Ravens a season ago, seeing time on special teams. He was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury on Nov. 17.

Ex-Raider Michael Huff figures to start at free safety for Baltimore after Ed Reed signed with Houston. It’s possible Thompson could be in the mix at strong safety; he was listed as one of the backups behind now-Titan Bernard Pollard a season ago. That said, the suspension doesn’t help Thompson’s chances of contributing in his second NFL season.