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NFL suspends Ravens' Martin for drug violation

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -The NFL has suspended Baltimore Ravens cornerback Derrick Martin without pay for the team's season opener and fined him an additional game check for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

The suspension begins Saturday and Martin is ineligible to return to the active roster until Sept. 8, one day after the Ravens' opening game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

According to a police report, 23-year-old Martin was cited and charged in July with possession of three small bags of marijuana at the Cleveland airport during a random TSA screening while attempting to board a flight.

The minor misdemeanor case is the equivalent to a ticket. The maximum penalty is a $150 fine.

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