The Carolina Panthers have made an absolutely incredible start to the 2015 NFL season, riding high with a magnificent 10-0 record.
The Panthers have overcome all that have been put in front of them, including impressive wins over the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers, whilst absolutely demolishing the Washington Redskins in Week 11 with a dominant 44-16 win.
However, it hasn't all been sunshine and roses for the Bank of America stadium franchise, who will be without defensive end Frank Alexander for an entire year thanks to a suspension.
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The team announced on Tuesday, via their official Twitter account, that Alexander had been handed the year-long ban by the NFL for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
The 25-year-old's ban won't have much of an effect on this Panthers side that is looking to go the rest of the season undefeated, as the defensive end barely featured at all before the suspension. Alexander was placed on injured reserve in August after suffering a torn Achilles, sidelining him for the entire season.
This isn't Alexander's first drug ban either, hence why it was for an entire year.
The former fourth-round pick played in just one game last season because of multiple substance-abuse violations. He was banned for the first four games of the last campaign and then had another ten games added on to it before it was even over.
This was the last year of Alexander's rookie deal. Unless something drastic happens, he could have already played his last NFL game. Frank Alexander isn't Greg Hardy, he's not good enough for teams to look past his transgressions.
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