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Ravens release Will Hill after NFL hands down 10-game suspension

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This is the fourth suspension Hill will serve in four years.

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Shortly after the Baltimore Ravens released veteran safety Will Hill Wednesday, it was reported that he was facing discipline from the league.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan, the NFL has suspended Hill 10 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. This is the fourth time Hill has been suspended after testing positive for a banned substance. He served two four-game bans in 2012 and 2013 for performance-enhancing drug use, and sat out six contests in 2014 for violating the substance abuse policy.

Hill, 26, was already thought to be the odd man out in Baltimore after the club inked Eric Weddle to a contract earlier this week. He was benched for the final two games last season in favor of Lardarius Webb, who made the transition to free safety in mid-November.

Though Weddle and Webb leave the Ravens without a big hitter in the secondary, head coach John Harbaugh didn't sound too concerned about that Wednesday.

"You can bring both of these guys down and make them blitz and bring it really effectively," Harbaugh said, via ESPN. "I think it's going be really hard ... you're not going to know who is down and who is deep. That can be a big benefit for a defense."

The Giants signed Hill prior to the 2012 campaign after he failed to get drafted out of the University of Florida and played for one year in the Arena Football League. He recorded a career-high 60 tackles in 2013, but was released the following June after getting handed his third suspension. Baltimore picked him up the shortly thereafter.

Though 2015 was a lost season for the Ravens, Hill was the central figure in one of their few highlights. He returned a blocked kick for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter of a dreadful Monday night matchup against the Cleveland Browns, which broke a 27-27 tie.

But ultimately, Hill couldn't overcome yet another failed drug test. The Ravens will save nearly $3 million on the salary cap after releasing him.