TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2019 season after violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances, the team announced.

Smith is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to the team Sept. 30, following the team’s Week 4 game at the Los Angeles Rams.

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

Smith, 25, has been with the Bucs since they drafted him in 2016. He played for North Carolina Central University.  

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