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Things have been looking up for the Buccaneers franchise, with many believing the team is on the verge of making a turnaround after five straight losing seasons. And while the turnaround may in fact happen, Bucs fans are waking up to disappointing news on Sunday morning, learning that rookie linebacker standout Kwon Alexander is facing a four-game suspension for PED (performance-enhancing drug) use.

The story was first reported by the Tampa Tribune’s Roy Cummings.

According to Cummings, the Buccaneers haven’t officially been notified of the upcoming suspension, which will likely happen on Monday, and and Alexander will suit up and play today against the Eagles in Philadelphia. Alexander will also have the option of appealing the suspension.

Bucs MLB Kwon Alexander - Photo by: Getty Images

Bucs MLB Kwon Alexander – Photo by: Getty Images

Alexander was a fourth-round draft pick by Tampa Bay in last May’s NFL Draft and almost immediately earned a starting spot at the middle linebacker position. Alexander replaced 2011 draft pick Mason Foster, who wasn’t re-signed in free agency, and beat out free agent signee Bruce Carter for the job where he has played well for the most part. Alexander is second on the team in tackles, with 69, behind team leader Lavonte David, and leads the Bucs in pass breakups (eight) and is tied for the lead in interceptions (two).

According to Cummings, Alexander would be the eight player in the NFL this year to be suspended for PED use. Last season Bucs fullback Javorskie Lane and defensive lineman Da’Quan Bowers were both suspended two games for violating the NFL’s PED policy.

Why Alexander will be suspended for four games as opposed to two games is not clear, but Tampa Bay Times reporter Rick Stroud noted that Alexander may have tested positive twice, with the first positive test perhaps coming during training camp. The positive test is thought to be from consuming an over the counter supplement.

The Buccaneers have not officially commented on the reports.

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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macabee
macabee
5 years ago

OK, this is where we show what we’re made of. Next man up! What? Can you speak a little louder, I couldn’t hear you! You said there aren’t any more men! What the….

macabee
macabee
5 years ago

On a serious note, I feel bad for Kwon as I think he had a legitimate shot at DROY. Assuming his appeal goes for naught as most do, missing 4 games takes that opportunity away. We are snake bitten, it’s as simple as that!

SCLOBERNOCKER
SCLOBERNOCKER
5 years ago

So.. if the suspension is doubled because he popped a second time for the same substance PRIOR to hearing about the first failed test is a bunch of malarkey. If you dont discipline on the spot, you cant rack em up and lay em all out when its convenient. Thats piss poor management if true.

Also, suspensions for OTC supplements is bull. Fines maybe, but suspensions?

I digress.

jme0151
jme0151
5 years ago

Funny stuff Mac…..Sad for Buc’s fans though. Kid has been great as a player but this just can’t happen with simple over the counter stuff. To much info from league on banned substances. I agree knocker…..Bad management if it’s already his second occurrence
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Garv
Garv
5 years ago

TWICE, the first in training camp? Was this a secret kept from the team? How does THAT happen? I suppose it’s best to take the suspension, get it done and move on to next season at full strength but DAMN! Feel good story feels like crap now, doesn’t it? How about LESSON LEARNED for a change?

BaldBuc
BaldBuc
5 years ago

Too early to make any assumptions. Sounds bad though. Could’ve waited til the end of the game to hear this though. Dammit.

macabee
macabee
5 years ago

Just a heads up fellas! The NFL differentiates between PEDs and substance abuse. If it is PEDS, there is no first offense rule, it is an automatic 4 game suspension. see link for clarification.

http://www.denverpost.com/ci_23711278/nfls-substance-abuse-and-performance-enhancing-drugs-policies

Horse
Horse
5 years ago

I was wondering why we brought up a LB from the PS.

plopes808
plopes808
5 years ago

Well that sucks! Guess it’s time for Carter to step up and earn his money

fredster
fredster
5 years ago

Yes that really blows. Agree time for Carter to step up and fill in for a rookie!

georgehicks
georgehicks
5 years ago

Well Tampa will have to prepared for alexander void the next 4 games. I can’t wait for the TE Jenkins to arrive back to play football. I think Tampa next year to draft or a veteran lb to fillin for 2016 Go Bucs what a win

pinkstob
pinkstob
5 years ago

I didn’t see this coming. What a shame…

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