Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Kwon Alexander is facing a four-game suspension from the NFL for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Reportedly Alexander tested positive in training camp in the league is expected to notify the box of his suspension on Monday. Alexander can appeal the suspension and would be allowed to play while the process is underway.
For the Buccaneers losing a player the caliber of Alexander would be a major blow to the teams chances of their first winning season since 2010. Earlier this month Alexander was named the NFC’s defensive player of the week, after racking up 11 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in Tampa Bay’s overtime win in Atlanta. Alexander turned in that performance in light over losing is 17-year-old brother, Broderick Taylor II, who was shot and killed.
Alexander ranks second on the team in tackles behind Lavonte David with 63. He also shares the team lead in tackles for loss with safety Chris Conte at five.
The 6-foot-1, 227-pound Alexander, 21, signed a four-year, $435,000 contract shortly after he was drafted. A four-game suspension would cost him approximately $102,000.
Alexander’s teammate, Jameis Winston is also in the news this weekend after representatives of the rookie quarterback threatened to sue CNN for airing a documentary about college campus rape scheduled to air on Sunday evening.