Bucs' Alexander facing four-game suspension for PED
Bucs rookie middle linebacker Kwon Alexander is facing a four-game suspension for violation of the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs. The league is expected to notify the Bucs of the suspension in a letter Monday, but team officials are aware of the positive test, the Times has learned.
Alexander is expected to start today for the Bucs against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Once the team is notified, Alexander will have five business days to appeal and that process could take several weeks.
The banned substance is believed to be contained in something Alexander consumed over the counter as a supplement. Two samples given to the league by Alexander tested positive for a performance enhancing drug. The first sample may have been collected during training camp.
Bucs general manager Jason Licht declined comment Sunday, saying he has not received official notice from the league or had a chance to review the case against Alexander.
According to the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFL Player's Association, first-time offenders of the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs receive an automatic four-game suspension.
The loss of Alexander, a fourth-round pick from Louisiana State, would be devastating for the Bucs. The 21-year old is the quarterback of the defense and second on the team with 63 tackles, including five for a loss. He also has two sacks, two interceptions and one forced fumble.
The four-game suspension could cost Alexander more than $100,000. He signed a four-year contract worth $2.78-million and has a base salary of $435,000 in 2015.