Carolina Panthers backup defensive end Frank Alexander has issued an apology after being suspended for four games for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy.
“I recently learned that I tested positive for a substance that is banned by the NFL," Alexander said in a statement. "The NFL policy is strict, and I have chosen to take responsibility. I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, and Panthers fans for the effect of my mistake on the team. I will continue to work extremely hard in all team workouts, training camp, and the pre-season with my team. During the suspension, I will stay in top football shape and be ready to contribute immediately upon my return.”
Alexander is eligible to return to play Sept. 29 following the Panthers' game against the Ravens.
A fourth-round draft pick out of Oklahoma in 2012, Alexander had 15 tackles and one sack last season in a dozen games and three starts.
He had 2.5 sacks as a rookie
Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider
Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun
Check out our partners at TiqIQ for the best deals on all games on the 2014 NFL schedule.
OCT 26 Joel Corry
The Tampa Bay defensive tackle cashes in for $95.2 million.
OCT 20 National Football Post
Our Introduction to Scouting students break down the Wisconsin Running Back
OCT 18 Joel Corry
Seattle shipped the wide receiver to the Jets in a surprising move on Friday.