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.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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