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Reports: Vikings LB Kentrell Brothers Suspended Four Games For PED Violation

He will not be paid during his suspension.

According to multiple reports, Minnesota Vikings linebacker Kentrell Brothers will be suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season due to a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

According to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, Brothers is eligible to return to the active roster on September 28th. Looking at the team’s 2018 schedule, that will be after the Vikings game at Los Angeles and before the game at Philadelphia.

Brothers, 25, was drafted in the fifth-round of the 2016 NFL Draft. In two seasons the special teamer has collected 22 total tackles in 26 games.


Brothers released a statement per Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network:

The statement reads: I have been informed by the NFL that I will face a 4-game suspensions for PED use. While it was not my intention to violate any league policies, I understand that it is up to me to be aware of what goes into my body, and I take full responsibility for that. I sincerely apologize to the Vikings organization, my teammates, and our fans for my mistake. I take my job as a professional seriously and will continue to support my teammates during this time. – Kentrell Brothers

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and is an IT nerd by day. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBormanNFL.

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  1. Disappointing. Though not a devastating blow, it could impact our depth on special teams. Not to mention he has promise, and I was looking forward to seeing him take a step forward, not back. Hopefully he comes back and makes a strong contribution in the final 12 games. SKOL

      1. I was still a little surprised that he fell behind 4th round rookie Gedeon for the #3 linebacker role. Perhaps his future is less promising that what we believed after being such a stud at Missouri.

  2. These two I’ve always been a little suspicious about. You would never see David & Derek Carr, Tiki & Ronde Barber, or any of the Fuller guys acting out like this! Maybe the Bennetts.