Day one of training camp this year, all were either present or accounted for. Except for one guy — Vadal Alexander. We knew Khalil Mack was not reporting for his contract issue. We knew Donald Penn, Eddie Vanderdoes, and PJ Hall weren’t practicing because they were on the PUP list. But Vadal just wasn’t here.
He will be suspended the first four games of the season for a violation of the league’s performance enhancing drug policy. But that wouldn’t keep him from attending camp or participating in preseason. He didn’t fail a physical, or he would have been designated as such.
Four days in, the former 7th round offensive lineman is still a no-show.
“I’ll let Reggie [McKenzie] handle the exact nature of that. I believe we’re going to move on,” Jon Gruden said of Vadal Alexander’s unexplained absence.
Alexander appeared in 24 games with 9 starts over the past two seasons since becoming the team’s 7th round pick out of LSU. He played at both guard and tackle and at times showed some promise.
No roster move will be needed as the team already filled his roster spot with the addition of Oday Aboushi at the time Alexander was placed on the Reserve/Did not report list.
Reggie McKenzie is expected to address the situation with Alexander either today or tomorrow. Hopefully whatever the explanation, it is not life threatening or any such thing.