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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced that cornerback Torrie Cox has been suspended for the first four games of the 2007 NFL season for violating the NFL's Substance Abuse Policy. It is not known whether the substance that Cox tested positive for was illegal drugs or illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

Instead of illegal drugs or illegal performance-enhancing drugs, Cox could have also tested positive for alcohol consumption if he had a no-alchohol provision put in place by the NFL for its drug testing, due to Cox's prior DUI arrests on December 4, 2004 and September 13, 2005.

"We are hopeful that Torrie Cox can overcome this personal setback," said Bucs general manager Bruce Allen on Tuesday.

Cox's suspension will begin on Friday, August 31 at the end of the preseason. Cox is eligible to participate in all training camp practices and preseason games, but may not practice or work out at the team facility for the first four weeks of the 2007 NFL season. He is eligible to return to Tampa Bay's active roster on Monday, October 1, following the Bucs' game against Carolina on September 30.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at:
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