Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith suspended 4 games by NFL

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith (29) recovers a fumble by Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14), during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancers.

Smith is eligible to participate in all off-season and preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to the team Sept. 30, after Tampa Bay’s Week 4 game at the NFC champion Los Angeles Rams.

"We are disappointed that Ryan will be unavailable for the first four games of the season," Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. "We do extensive training and education for our players regarding the league’s polices, but ultimately each individual is responsible for what they put in their bodies."

Smith is entering his fourth NFL season with the Buccaneers. He was a fourth-round pick in 2016 by Tampa Bay.

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