Panthers’ DE Frank Alexander Suspended 10 Games

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — More trouble for the Panthers defense.  Defensive end Frank Alexander has been benched again over drug charges.

The NFL has suspended Alexander for 10 games, without pay, for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.  Alexander hasn’t played a down this season.

Alexander was reinstated this week after serving a four-game suspension for violating the drug policy previously.  After only returning to the team for two days, Alexander received the new suspension.

This is another blow to the Panthers who are already running thin on defensive ends after Greg Hardy took a leave of absence from the team while his criminal case is handled in court.  

Hardy was arrested on domestic violence charges in May.

An NFL spokesperson released this statement:

“Frank Alexander of the Carolina Panthers has been suspended without pay for the team’s next 10 games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Alexander’s suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to return to the Panthers’ active roster on Monday, December 15 following the team’s December 14 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”

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