Buccaneers cornerback and special teams standout Torrie Cox has appealed his four game suspension that was handed down on Tuesday. The agent for Cox, Peter Schaffer stated that “there were some serious issues of the due process violations.” Cox was suspended for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. The suspension is due to start on August 31st, meaning that he would be able to play in the teams preseason games, but would have to miss the first four games of the regular season.
Reports state that Cox’s violation has something to do with alcohol, and the league’s rules are less specific about alcohol, while they are very laid out when it comes to narcotics or drugs. That is where Schaffer may feel he has a case with the league when it comes to appealing the suspension. If the appeal process for Cox lingers into the season, he would still be able to play until a ruling has been handed down.
Tampa Bay drafted Cox back in the 6th round in 2003, and he has been a valuable member of the special teams for the Bucs as well as a decent backup corner. He has also returned 75 kicks for the Bucs in his years with them, totalling over 1,700 yards.