Vik­ings run­ning back Thomas sus­pended by NFL

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — An­drew Kram­mer, Star Tribune (Min­neapo­lis)

MIN­NEAPO­LIS — Min­nesota Vik­ings run­ning back Roc Thomas has been sus­pended for three games with­out pay by the NFL for vi­o­lat­ing the league’s sub­stance abuse pol­icy.

Thomas, 23, was sen­tenced to three years pro­ba­tion in May af­ter plead­ing guilty to a felony charge of mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion. A Jan. 16 search of his Men­dota Heights apart­ment found about 5 ounces of mar­i­juana.

Thomas can prac­tice with the Vik­ings dur­ing train­ing camp and play in pre­sea­son games, but he will be in­el­i­gi­ble for the first three reg­u­lar sea­son games against the At­lanta Fal­cons, Green Bay Pack­ers and Oak­land Raiders. He can re­turn to the team on Mon­day, Sept. 23.

Ac­cord­ing to a Dakota County crim­i­nal com­plaint, of­fi­cers also found fewer than seven grams of mar­i­juana wax, nearly $16,000 in cash and a .45 cal­iber hand­gun in Thomas’ apart­ment.

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