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Buccaneers LB Kwon Alexander suspended for final 4 games of regular season

Nov 15, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Kwon Alexander (58) rushes against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 15, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers middle linebacker Kwon Alexander (58) rushes against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander has been suspended for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances and will sit out the final four games of the regular season without pay.

The rookie had started all 12 games and been the team's most consistent playmaker on defense

Tuesday's announcement by the NFL wasn't a surprise. Alexander was informed of the suspension last month, but said at the time he intended to appeal. He also said his positive test was linked to an energy drink he had used since high school.

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