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Kwon Alexander appeals suspension, blames energy drink

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Kwon Alexander confirmed after today's win against the Philadelphia Eagles that he's facing a four-game PED suspension, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker said that he'd appeal the suspension.

That's the kind of excuse we always hear after someone gets suspended for PEDs so I'd be skeptical of Alexander's claim, but it doesn't really matter: under the NFL PED policy, the way things got into your body doesn't matter. You are responsible for what's in there and unless you have a medical exemption, you will be suspended for it. If Alexander's defense is "I didn't know" he has no shot of winning the appeal.

Still, appealing the sentence will likely give him a reprieve of a couple of weeks during which the Bucs can still play him. Of course, that strategy could easily backfire: if the Bucs get to the playoffs, which is not unthinkable, having Alexander suspended then instead of during the regular season would be very unfortunate.