« Storify: Carolina Panthers brass talks NFL draft | Main | Panthers get Davante Adams in L.A. Times mock draft »

May 02, 2014

DE Alexander suspended 4 games for violating substance abuse policy

Third-year defensive end Frank Alexander has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the league's substance abuse police, the Panthers announced in a statement from the NFL.

The type of substance was not released, per the NFL policy. He will be eligible to return to the active roster on Sept. 29 following Carolina's away meeting with the Ravens. 

Alexander can still participate in OTAs, training camp and preseason games.

The Panthers drafted Alexander out of Oklahoma in the fourth round of the 2012 draft. He's been a reserve for the team playing behind Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy for most of his career with six career starts.

Alexander had one sack last season and a 2.5-sack rookie season. He had been sliding down the depth chart since a strong start to his rookie year. Mario Addison is the team's primary backup at end, and Carolina brought in Alex Hall from the Canadian Football League this offseason.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on May 2, 2014 at 03:28 PM | Permalink


This dude just doesn't get it.

Posted by: M. | May 2, 2014 3:33:27 PM

It may be time to cut this guy and move on with someone else. This is another wasted 4th round draft pick. The Panthers can't seem to figure out how to draft players that are productive past the third round. Go figure!

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | May 2, 2014 3:34:12 PM

actually Frank Alexander has been solid as a third down rusher with the few opportunities he gets. What kind of player do you expect to get in the 4th round?

4 game suspension is not good but he will be ready to go the rest of the season and I expect him to play well

Posted by: I am your father | May 2, 2014 4:17:21 PM

Let's not jump to conclusions guys....assuming leads to assumptions. We don't know the full details and he is still only going into his 3rd year and is a decent #3 or #4 backup DE. And who knows...if given starting minutes his numbers would probably be much better. Addison, Horton and Hall can take care of things until he gets back.

Posted by: bb1130 | May 2, 2014 4:26:57 PM

We got hardy in the 6th round

Posted by: Bashar | May 2, 2014 4:45:25 PM

Well that's a strange approach at getting out of Rivera's dog house. I thought this dude was gonna turn it on this past year. Seems like he made plays when given the opportunity. Hopefully he straightens himself out.

Posted by: Mike W | May 2, 2014 5:01:14 PM

Do the crime....pay the fine. Why in the world
are these fortunate young guys so dumb about drugs? You will get caught.

Posted by: Lmnpeel | May 2, 2014 5:28:01 PM

I seem to remember Julius Peppers suspended for four games as a Rook, things turned out ok :)

Posted by: Eric | May 2, 2014 6:00:53 PM

Maybe he will get his wakeup call. Hardy certainly came to life after he played around and almost killed himself. Pep had some similar problems. Alexander has shown some flashes. Hope he gets it together and makes the most out of his 12 games this season.

Posted by: dennis | May 2, 2014 6:37:02 PM

Wow! I'm shocked that he was only suspended for four games after he violated the POLICE. Think of the shame those poor officers are feeling right now.

Posted by: Steve Mort | May 2, 2014 6:45:17 PM

If you're complaining about a fourth round draft pick not panning out it shows your ignorance of the success rate of NFL draft picks. A pick in the 2nd round only has a 50% success rate, 4th round-22%, 6th round-11%. It's a crap shoot.

Posted by: deepenwide | May 2, 2014 6:48:29 PM

this guy was not a bust. everett brown was a bust. who? exactly. we all have our demons. i think frank turns it up when he comes back.

Posted by: zachary jones | May 2, 2014 7:30:43 PM

Can you get a four game suspension after p'ing hot one time or did there have to be a prior?

Posted by: ThemsTheBreaks | May 2, 2014 7:57:34 PM

Well, don't know the details, but I can't imagine that Gettleman will like this very much, doesn't strike me as the kind of GM that will keep guys around too long after this type of issue.

Posted by: Kenny | May 2, 2014 8:30:23 PM

We really don't need to speculate, either way, young me make mistakes, even football players. Lets pray he learns from them and become even better.

Posted by: Ron | May 2, 2014 8:45:10 PM

Mistakes were made.

Posted by: BillClinton | May 2, 2014 8:53:40 PM

At some point you would think these "Pros" would get smart and not use substance. And I thought he would be a good player.

Posted by: Shaw | May 3, 2014 8:28:08 AM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | May 3, 2014 10:51:10 AM

The comments to this entry are closed.