The Ravens’ cornerback depth has taken another hit.
Cary Williams, a second-year corner who played in five regular season games and both postseason contests with the Ravens last year, has been suspended for two games without pay for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, according to the National Football Post.
“Over a year ago while Cary was a member of the Tennessee Titans, he was involved in an incident that fell under the NFL conduct policy,” Williams’ agent, Marc Lillibridge, told NFP. “Through the appeals process with the NFL and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s office, Cary was suspended for two games. Although we’re disappointed we did not win the appeal, we respect the league office’s decision. Cary just wants to focus on the training camp with the Ravens and the remaining games in the regular season.”
The suspension couldn’t come at a worse time for Williams because the start of the season is when the Ravens will likely need to carry extra cornerback help.
Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb are both coming off ACL tears and are in doubt for the beginning of the regular season. The Ravens hope that Washington will be completely healthy and can return when the season starts on Sept. 13th, but there’s a good chance Webb will be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
The 6-foot-1 Williams had an impressive offseason, and was setting himself up for a run at the Ravens’ nickel back position. He will still be in the mix, but the suspension will certainly hurt his chances of making the team’s 53-man roster.
Williams made five special teams tackles and had one tackle from scrimmage last year.
UPDATE: The team has confirmed reports of the suspension. GM Ozzie Newsome said that the Ravens knew of Williams’ situation when they signed him back in November of 2009.
“We’ve been aware of this since before we signed Cary,” Newsome told the team’s web site.