Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Smith, 25, made 38 tackles, one interception and six pass breakups for Tampa Bay last season, when he had six starts among his 16 games played. Smith started 10 of 15 games in 2017, when he posted 62 tackles and five pass breakups. He was a fourth-round pick of the Bucs in 2016.

Smith can participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. He will be eligible to play in Tampa Bay's game at the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 6.

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

--Field Level Media

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