Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Vikings WR Michael Floyd suspended four games to start 2017 season

Vikings WR Michael Floyd suspended four games to start 2017 season

Floyd was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round in 2012, but was cut by the team after a DUI arrest in December of past year.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2017 regular season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the league said Friday. It's a harsher punishment than the standard two-game suspension for a drunken driving conviction, but the collective bargaining agreement gives the commissioner discretion for "aggravating circumstances", such as extreme intoxication.

Zimmer, asked by the Pioneer-Press about Floyd's kombucha tea defense, said he told Floyd, "If I find out you're lying to me, I'm going to cut you".

This comes on the heels of Floyd's recent one-day stint in jail after a judge found him in violation of his house arrest terms for testing positive for alcohol. After being released from the Cardinals, Floyd signed with the New England Patriots in 2016 and went on to win the Super Bowl.

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Sharon and Andy have a combined five children from previous marriages, and said they received some good-natured teasing. The pair had been copying their younger niece and nephew, who Sharon said were "a lot slimmer" than them.

The Vikings have publicly supported Floyd this offseason, but head coach Mike Zimmer has made it clear that the receiver is on thin ice. He's still eligible to participate in the preseason practices and games, however.

Floyd will be missed for the first quarter of the season. "We believe Michael of a productive member of the Vikings organization, both on and off the field".

But Floyd won't be contributing to the Vikings on the field at least until October 9 when the Vikings play the Bears in Chicago.

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