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Former Alabama LB Ryan Anderson suspended six games for violating NFL’s substance policy

Ryan Anderson celebrates pick-6 for Alabama versus Washington in 2016 CFP semifinal game
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One Alabama football alum has a rough start to this NFL season.

According to NFL.com, Ryan Anderson has been suspended for the first six games of the year because of violating the league’s Policy and Program on Performance Enhancing Substances.

His suspension comes without pay, and he will not be eligible to return to the active roster for the New York Giants until Oct. 18. Anderson, 27, signed a one-year contract worth $1.13 million for the Giants on March 25. He spent four seasons (2017-20) with the Washington Football Team, totaling 86 tackles, six sacks, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and a pass deflection. He was selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

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A native of Daphne, Ala., Anderson was an outside linebacker for the Crimson Tide from 2012 to 2016.

During his final two years at Alabama, he recorded 30.5 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, and 20 quarterback hurries. Anderson was a four-time Southeastern Conference Champion (2012, 2014-16) and two-time national champion in 2012 and 2015.

He led the Tide in tackles for loss (19) and had nine sacks in 2016.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “watch” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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