NFL sus­pends Vik­ings WR Michael Floyd for 4 games

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The NFL has sus­pended Min­nesota Vik­ings wide re­ceiver Michael Floyd with­out pay Fri­day for the first four games of the reg­u­lar sea­son for vi­o­lat­ing its sub­stance-abuse pol­icy.

Floyd was ar­rested in Ari­zona in De­cem­ber af­ter Scotts­dale po­lice found him un­re­spon­sive at the wheel of his ve­hi­cle while it was run­ning at an in­ter­sec­tion, re­port­ing a blood al­co­hol level of 0.217 — more than 2 1/2 times le­gal limit in Ari­zona. He pleaded guilty in Fe­bru­ary to ex­treme drunken driv­ing.

Last month, an Ari­zona judge or­dered Floyd to serve one day in jail for fail­ing al­co­hol tests while un­der house ar­rest for the drunken driv­ing con­vic­tion. He blamed the re­sults on a type of fer­mented tea called kom­bucha.

Floyd will be al­lowed to par­tic­i­pate in all pre­sea­son prac­tices and games. He can re­turn to the ac­tive ros­ter Oct. 2.

Re­leased by the Ari­zona Car­di­nals af­ter the ar­rest, Floyd signed with the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots and played in two reg­u­lar-sea­son games with one touch­down catch. He ap­peared in one play­off game, but wasn’t ac­tive for the AFC cham­pi­onship game or the Su­per Bowl. He agreed to a one-year, $1.5 mil­lion deal with the Vik­ings in May that has in­cen­tives that could push the value as high as $6 mil­lion.

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