The Minnesota Vikings' lone prime time game of the 2012 season. . .as of this point, anyway. . .takes place in twelve days when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Metrodome. However, we already know that the Buccaneers will be without their top cornerback when they line up that Thursday night in Minneapolis.
According to our friends at Bucs Nation, oft-troubled cornerback Aqib Talib has found some more trouble, as he will begin serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance policy tomorrow. The Buccaneers take on the Kansas City Chiefs as part of the set of early games tomorrow afternoon.
Talib released the following statement:
"Around the beginning of training camp, I made a mistake by taking an Adderall pill without a prescription. This is especially regrettable because, for the past several months, with Coach Schiano's help, I've worked very hard to improve myself -- professionally and personally -- as a player and a man. I am truly sorry to my teammates, coaches and Buccaneers fans, and I'm disappointed in myself. I will work diligently every day of this suspension to stay in top football shape and be ready to help this team in the second half of the season. I have chosen to be immediately accountable for the situation I put myself in, which is why I will not exercise my appeal rights and will begin serving the suspension immediately."
As mentioned in the quote above, Talib has no plans to appeal the suspension, so he will definitely not be playing in twelve days against the Vikings.
Through the Buccaneers' first four games this year, Talib has seven passes defended and an interception. He's the top corner for Tampa Bay, and his not being on the field is a definite blow to the Buccaneers. . .and a definite plus for the Minnesota Vikings.