Ever since wide receiver Michael Floyd signed with the Minnesota Vikings, we’ve been awaiting word on what sort of punishment the NFL was going to give him for his “extreme DUI” incident last season. On Friday, we finally found out exactly what that punishment will be.
Floyd has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 regular season by the National Football League. That means his first game back with the team will be the Monday Night Football contest against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on 9 October.
With this suspension, Floyd can continue practicing with the team and playing in games during the preseason. However, once the regular season gets underway, he is not allowed to have any contact with the team until his suspension is over.
All things considered, this is probably about as light a punishment as Floyd could have expected to get. I suspect things would have been worse if a judge in Arizona hadn’t (apparently) bought the story of why Floyd managed to have positive alcohol tests during his house arrest, but he did. There were rumors floating around that Floyd could have been suspended for half the season, so getting a four-game time out seems relatively light.
This is going to make the training camp battle for spots on the depth chart at wide receiver a much more interesting one. With no sure things except for Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, the #3 wide receiver on this team could be in line for plenty of snaps until Floyd gets back. . .and possibly even after.
Again, Michael Floyd has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 NFL regular season by the league for his violation of the Substance Abuse policy.