Kwon Alexander is either banking on the Bucs making a playoff spot, or preventing his suspension from dragging into next season.

Alexander dropped his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s PED policy, and will begin serving his ban immediately, according to TampBay.com's Rick Stroud.
He would be eligible to participate if the Bucs (6-6) qualify for the post-season. Tampa Bay is a game behind Seattle for the final NFC wildcard following Sunday’s 23-19 win over Atlanta.

Alexander was informed by the league of the positive test for performance enhancing drugs several weeks ago, and following a 45-17 win at Philadelphia, took responsibility for not checking with team trainers before taking an “energy drink” that he has consumed since high school.

“It’s my fault. … I’ve never been in any trouble or anything,” Alexander said “It’s very disappointing. I’m really disappointed in myself. All they kept saying is if you’re about to drink something, ask somebody first. I’m very disappointed in myself and I hold myself accountable. … If I get suspended, I’m going to come back even stronger.”
Alexander, a surprising rookie from LSU, has started every game at middle linebacker and is second on the team with 93 tackles.

By Glenn Erby


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