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Panthers defensive end suspended 10 games for violating substance abuse policy

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More negative headlines surrounding the NFL as the league announce that Carolina Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander has been suspended 10 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy and it's not his first offence.

Second time offender

The 24-year-old was found guilty of violating the substance abuse policy back in May and was subsequently suspended for games off his initial violation.

In a statement made by the league on Wednesday, the defensive end once again tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended an additional 10 games.

No cover for Hardy

The Panthers are in serious trouble with player suspensions recently, another defensive end and star athlete Greg Hardy is still involved with a domestic abuse case that has seen him receive an indefinite suspension.

Carolina were really hoping for that Alexander could provide some solid cover at the defensive end position whilst Hardy was suspended but Alexander has once again shown his unreliability by violating the substance abuse policy for a second time in his short NFL career.

The 10 game suspension is in place immediately, meaning the Panthers will be without the defensive end until December 15th which is when he will become eligible once more to return to the active roster.

Alexander is entering his 3rd season in the NFL, having been drafted by the Carolina Panthers with the 103rd pick in the fourth round of the 2012 Draft.

He has spent his career as a backup due to the incredible depth of talent that the Panthers hold on the defensive line, he has managed to rack up 33 tackles and amassed 3.5 sacks in his short career.

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