Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jabari Price has been suspended two games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, per a statement from the Vikings.
While legitimately competing for a serious role on the team, Price is a valuable backup even if he doesn’t earn a major role. With Josh Robinson out for most of the year (or at best, half) because of a partially torn pectoral muscle, the Vikings cornerback group will start off the season even thinner.
Behind the presumed starters of Terence Newman, Xavier Rhodes and Captain Munnerlyn, that leaves rookie first-round pick Trae Waynes, punt returner Marcus Sherels, undrafted free agent rookie Justin Coleman, former CFL cornerback Jalil Carter and former Raiders third-round pick DeMarcus Van Dyke.
Last year, Price took 47 snaps from scrimmage, per Pro Football Focus, and was a significant contributor on special teams.
Jabari Price released the following statement:
“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.”