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Frank Alexander | Defensive Lineman | #90

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/17/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 270
College: Oklahoma
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 4 (103) / CAR
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The Panthers won't extend a tender to suspended restricted free agent DE Frank Alexander.
Suspended for all but one game in 2014, Alexander missed all of 2015 with a torn Achilles' tendon. He then drew a year-long ban in late November. Although he's only 26, Alexander is in grave danger of washing out of the league. Mar 7 - 5:24 PM

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NFL suspended Panthers DE Frank Alexander one year for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

It's Alexander's third strike. He was suspended for all but one game in 2014. He's currently on injured reserve with a torn Achilles'. One month shy of his 26th birthday, Alexander's NFL future is looking grim. He's made one appearance since his 2012 rookie season.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 03:57:00 PM

Panthers waived/injured DE Frank Alexander (Achilles').

It means he'll be exposed to waivers. Alexander is just three years removed from being a fourth-round pick, but was suspended for all but one game last season, and will be coming off major injury in 2016. He has only 3.5 sacks in 28 career games. He's unlikely to be claimed.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 03:09:00 PM

Panthers DE Frank Alexander is done for the season after tearing his Achilles' tendon in Saturday's preseason game.

Alexander was in the lead for right end duties after missing the majority of 2014 on suspension. Now the Panthers have to turn to second-rounder Kony Ealy opposite Charles Johnson. A 2012 fourth-rounder, Alexander will head into 2016 coming off major injury, and having appeared in just 1-of-32 games between 2013-14.
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 11:03:00 PM

Panthers DE Frank Alexander suffered an ankle injury in Saturday's preseason game.

Alexander went down on the opening drive of the game. He had to be carted off, suggesting it’s a significant injury. Second-round pick Kony Ealy will start opposite Charles Johnson if Alexander isn’t ready for Week 1.
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 07:32:00 PM

Steve Reed of the Associated Press said it seems like the Panthers "really want" Frank Alexander to win the starting job at right end.

Reed didn't elaborate, though his remarks are consistent with a report last month that coach Ron Rivera was "bullish" on Alexander. He'll compete with Kony Ealy and incumbent Wes Horton opposite starting left end Charles Johnson.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 11:36:00 AM

Coach Ron Rivera "seems most bullish" on DE Frank Alexander winning the starting job opposite LE Charles Johnson.

The Panthers are looking to replace Greg Hardy full-time. Alexander played just 24 snaps last season after being slapped with consecutive four- and 10-game suspensions to open the season. He admitted to smoking weed after practices on a regular basis to help him heal. Now apparently clean, Alexander made noise at OTAs before injuring his groin and missing minicamp. If Alexander doesn't take the job, the Panthers also have Kony Ealy, Mario Addison, and Wes Horton.
Wed, Jul 1, 2015 09:52:00 AM

Panthers activated DE Frank Alexander from the reserve/suspended list.

Alexander served a four-game suspension to begin the year, and was immediately slapped with a 10-game ban upon his return. He'll be a rotational reserve for the Panthers' undermanned defensive line. Alexander has 3.5 sacks across 28 NFL games.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 02:20:00 PM

NFL suspended Panthers DE Frank Alexander 10 games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Alexander just returned Monday from a four-game suspension for violating the same policy. He's now out for the next 10 games, and can't return until Week 16. What a boneheaded mistake. Carolina will continue to move forward with Charles Johnson, Kony Ealy, Mario Addison, and Wes Horton as its four-man rotation at end. Alexander's rookie deal ends following the 2015 season.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 04:47:00 PM

NFL suspended Panthers DE Frank Alexander four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

It's a blow to Carolina's up-front depth, as Alexander is a useful reserve behind starters Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson. The 24-year-old plays a lot of snaps at left defensive end when Johnson kicks inside to tackle in sub-packages. Alexander finished 2013 with 15 tackles and a sack. His absence gives more opportunity to Mario Addison, Wes Horton, and CFL signee Alex Hall.
Fri, May 2, 2014 03:17:00 PM

Panthers agreed to terms with No. 103 overall pick DE Frank Alexander on a four-year contract.

Coach Ron Rivera was excited to trade up for Alexander, who posted 8.5 sacks with Oklahoma last season. The Panthers envision Alexander pushing Greg Hardy for snaps in a rotation at left end.
Thu, May 10, 2012 09:52:00 PM

Panthers fourth-round DE Frank Alexander wasn't allowed to work out at the Combine after being misdiagnosed with a heart condition.

Alexander was quickly cleared, however, and ran a 4.76 40 at Oklahoma's Pro Day. Alexander's misdiagnosis could have been part of the reason he fell to No. 103 after putting up big senior-year numbers, but he's also viewed as little more than a situational rusher. That will be his role as a rookie for a Panthers team that tied for just 25th in the league with 31 sacks last season.
Mon, Apr 30, 2012 12:35:00 PM

Panthers traded up with the 49ers to select Oklahoma DE Frank Alexander with the No. 103 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

The 49ers will receive pick No. 180 plus Carolina's 2013 third-round pick in return. Alexander was in contention for Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year after recording 19 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks as a fifth-year senior. Although Alexander has a high motor on passing downs, he often washes out against the run. Expect him to contribute as a situational pass rusher in Charlotte.
Sat, Apr 28, 2012 12:30:00 PM

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