The NFL announced wide receiver Michael Floyd will be suspended without pay for the first four games of the season. The Vikings released a statement on their website:
Michael Floyd of the Minnesota Vikings has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2017 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Floyd will be eligible to return to the Vikings’ active roster on Monday, October 2 following the team’s October 1 game against the Detroit Lions.
Floyd is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.
Floyd was suspended as a result of a conviction for an extreme DUI in the state of Arizona. The NFL typically suspends players for two games for drunk driving-related offenses, but has a clause that expands that suspension in the case of aggravating circumstances. Floyd met those circumstances in this case by blowing twice over the legal limit for driving in Arizona.
This suspension seemingly does not cover the additional offense of violating the terms of his house arrest and he may be subject to a further suspension after the fact. Mike Zimmer indicated to Floyd that if he finds his reasoning to be a lie, that he’ll cut the former Cretin-Derham Hall receiver.