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
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun