Buccaneers special teams ace Torrie Cox has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. The suspension will start on August 31st, meaning that the DB and Pro Bowl special-teams alternate will be on the field for all preseason practices and games.
Cox will be able to return to the Bucs active roster on October 1st after the team’s fourth game against the Panthers. Cox had resigned with the team in March. :We are hopeful that Torrie Cox can overcome this personal setback,” Bucs GM Bruce Allen said in a statement. Cox was picked as a Pro Bowl alternate last season when he returned 18 kickoffs for 387 yards and made 30 tackles.
The Bucs special teams ace was drafted by Tampa Bay in the sixth round in 2003 and has played 41 games. He has 35 tackles and one interception in his four NFL seasons. He has also made 45 special teams tackles and returned 75 kickoffs for more than 1,700 yards. Tampa Bay is a team that needs all the help they can get in all three phases of the game, so missing a player like Cox is not going to help their chances in 2007.