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Former Sooner Frank Alexander releases statement on NFL suspension

by Ryan Aber Modified: May 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm •  Published: May 5, 2014
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OU's Frank Alexander (84), Demotre Hurst (6) and Casey Walker (53) celebrate an OU recovery of a Texas fumble in the first half during the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Friday, Oct. 7, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OU's Frank Alexander (84), Demotre Hurst (6) and Casey Walker (53) celebrate an OU recovery of a Texas fumble in the first half during the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the University of Texas Longhorns (UT) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Friday, Oct. 7, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Former Oklahoma defensive end Frank Alexander, who was suspended for four games last week for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, released a statement through the NFL Players Association on Monday.

“I recently learned that I tested positive for a substance that is banned by the NFL. The NFL policy is strict, and I have chosen to take responsibility. I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, and Panthers fans for the effect of my mistake on the team. I will continue to work extremely hard in all team workouts, training camp, and the pre-season with my team. During the suspension, I will stay in top football shape and be ready to contribute immediately upon my return,” the statement reads.

Alexander, who plays for the Carolina Panthers, will be eligible to return Sept. 29 when they play the Ravens. He is expected to be a backup defensive end for Carolina this season.

He can participate in organized team activities, training camp and preseason games.

Alexander started three games last season and played in 12, recording 15 tackles and a sack. He also recorded a fumble.

He was a fourth-round pick in 2012 after an OU career that included 143 tackles and 20.5 sacks.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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