Ryan Smith
Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league’s PED policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported Wednesday.

Originally a fourth-round pick out of North Carolina Central in 2016, Smith has been a key defensive back for the Bucs the past couple of seasons. He appeared in 31 games from 2017-18, starting 16, while tallying 100 tackles and one interception.

The Bucs issued a statement after the news of the suspension broke:



Tampa Bay’s defensive backfield was already an area of weakness before this suspension. With Smith out of commission the first four games of the season, it will be tested all the more to open the 2019 campaign.