Two days after being reinstated by the NFL, defensive end Frank Alexander has been suspended without pay for the Panthers' next 10 games for a second violation of the league policy and program for substances of abuse.
Alexander had previously been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season. His latest suspension begins immediately. Alexander will be eligible to return to the Panthers' active roster on Monday, Dec. 15 following the team's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Dec. 14.
Entering his third season, Alexander played in 12 games with three starts last year and posted 12 tackles, one sack, five quarterback pressures, one fumble recovery and two passes defensed. As a rookie in 2012, he played in 16 games with three starts and ranked third on the team with 18 quarterback pressures in addition to recording 25 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and four passes defensed.