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Ravens TE Darren Waller Suspended at Least 1 Year for Substance Abuse Violation

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 30, 2017

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Darren Waller rushes the ball in the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
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Baltimore Ravens tight end Darren Waller has been suspended by the NFL for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

The Ravens announced Waller's suspension will last for at least one year because this is his second violation in the span of two years. 

The 24-year-old missed the first four games of last season for his first violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. 

Waller went into some detail last October about what was going on in his life that led to the first suspension in an interview with Ryan Mink of the Ravens' official website. 

“There were other personal issues, and [marijuana] was the one thing I always turned to,” he said. “It was just about finding more positive outlets for me to do, like talking to people about it and things like that. I’m definitely at a better place with that now.”

Losing Waller adds to Baltimore's issues at tight end heading into this season. Dennis Pitta was released on June 7 after suffering his third hip injury since 2013. The Ravens still have Crockett Gillmore, Benjamin Watson and Maxx Williams as tight ends on the roster. 

Waller was a sixth-round pick by the Ravens in 2015. He had 10 receptions for 85 yards in 12 games last season. 

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