Ravens wide receiver David Reed suspended Week 1

September 02, 2011 | Luke Jones

(Updated: 5:40 p.m.)

With final cuts taking placing on Saturday, the Ravens have confirmed they will be without receiver/kick returner David Reed for the regular-season opener due to a one-game suspension handed down by the NFL.

Reed’s suspension stems from an incident last year in which marijuana was found at his residence in Owings Mills. The issue was resolved in February without any jail time or fine being handed down, but the NFL ruled this a violation of its substance-abuse policy and will suspend Reed without pay for the first game of the season.

Since suspended players do not count against the 53-man roster, the Ravens will be allowed to keep an extra player in the opener against the Steelers. The suspension will leave rookies Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss as the remaining options at the No. 3 receiver spot in Reed’s absense.

The Ravens will also have to use a replacement at kick returner with Smith, Lardarius Webb, and bubble players Jalen Parmele and LaQuan Williams as viable alternatives.

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