The depth at cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings has just taken another hit.
The team has just announced that second-year cornerback Jabari Price has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season for a violation of the NFL's Substance Abuse Policy. Per league rules, Price can still participate in camp and in all of the team's preseason contests.
Price was cited for Driving While Intoxicated the day after the team's season-ending victory over the Chicago Bears. He wound up pleading guilty to careless driving in April. He released the following statement through the NFLPA:
"I sincerely apologize to my family, my teammates, the Vikings organization and Vikings fans for the mistake I made last winter. I can assure you that it will never happen again. I look forward to returning to helping my team on the field in week 3."
With Price now out for the first two games of the year and Josh Robinson's pectoral injury making it likely that he will start the year on the Physically Unable to Perform List, things are a little murky at the bottom of the depth chart for the Vikings at the cornerback position. Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, Terence Newman and Captain Munnerlyn are the top four as it stands right now (with Munnerlyn likely functioning exclusively in a slot capacity), but there's going to be quite a fight to get the last spot (or two).
But, if Price does end up making the team, the Vikings won't have him at their disposal any earlier than Week 3.