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.
NFL announces that #Vikings LB Kentrell Brothers has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. Brothers will be eligible to return to the Vikings' active roster on Sept. 28.
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) April 20, 2018
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:
Statement from Vikings LB Kentrell Brothers following the announcement of his four-game suspension for a PED violation. pic.twitter.com/VhCvufmUGg
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 20, 2018
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