NFL hits Vikings' Love with PED suspension

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 1, 2013 - 11:26 PM

– The chances for DeMarcus Love to make the Vikings’ 53-man roster might have gone out the window Thursday when the NFL hit the third-year offensive tackle with a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance enhancing substance policy.

Love said the positive PED result surfaced in April from a test he took in February or March. He quickly appealed but was denied, resulting in Thursday’s announcement.

The offensive tackle wouldn’t reveal the banned substance he tested positive for but said it was in a supplement he was taking.

“I was shocked, man,” Love said after Thursday’s practice. “I’ve never cheated and never will. Not intentionally. Unfortunate it’s something I can’t change. It happened. It didn’t work out in my favor, and so I’ve got to face the consequences.”

Love will be allowed to continue practicing throughout training camp and is cleared to play in preseason games. And if he makes the 53-man roster, he’ll be suspended through the Vikings’ Week 4 game in London.

A sixth-round pick out of Arkansas in 2011, Love has yet to play in an NFL game. He was inactive for all 16 games as a rookie and missed last season after tearing a pectoral muscle during training camp. His latest setback, however, is undoubtedly the worst.

Said coach Leslie Frazier: “I let him know my displeasure and our entire organization’s concern for him. Hopefully he’ll learn something from this and grow from it.”

Punt return auditions

The Vikings aren’t exactly in a desperate search to find a punt returner. The man who’s held that role for the past two seasons, 25-year-old cornerback Marcus Sherels, continues to impress the coaching staff with his reliability.

But when roster cuts begin later this month, so many dynamics will be at play that special teams coordinator Mike Priefer continues to eye other options. Among the horde of players also hauling in punt returns at camp: Josh Robinson, Jarius Wright, Joe Webb, Cordarrelle Patterson, Jerome Simpson and Adam Thielen.

Determining just how close the competition is, Priefer said, will require preseason game action to evaluate.

“Right now, after a week of camp, I would say [Marcus] is the front-runner,” Priefer said. “But I’m always looking for people. Because you never know. Is he going to be there on game day? Is he going to get hurt? Things happen in the game. So I have to have my ducks in a row.”

Last season, Sherels averaged 9.0 yards on 32 returns, broke off a 77-yard touchdown in a Week 4 victory over Detroit and fielded 59 punts without losing a fumble.

“It’s one of those things where you trust him catching the ball,” Priefer said. “He tracks it, he catches it very, very well and he makes the first guy miss most of the time. … I trust him. Our head coach trusts him. And our team trusts him.”

Full of energy

As a matter of principle, top draft pick Sharrif Floyd is still stuck down the Vikings’ depth chart at the three-technique tackle position. But he’s quickly showing why he’ll be a major presence once the season starts.

Floyd had two particularly impressive run stops during 11-on-11 work on Thursday, blasting running back Jerodis Williams in short yardage action, then drilling Bradley Randle for a loss near the goal line.

Said Frazier: “I like his passion. For a young guy to love the game as much as he does and have his athletic ability [is impressive]. … He’s one of the hardest-working rookies you’ll ever see. To have the talent combined with that work ethic, you’ve got a chance to be a pretty good player in our league.”

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Cleveland - WP: C. Allen 4 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: G. Holland 3
Baltimore - LP: W. Chen 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Pineda 5
Kansas City - WP: D. Duffy 2 FINAL
Cleveland - LP: C. Carrasco 0
Seattle - LP: J. Paxton 4 FINAL
Toronto - WP: J. Happ 14
Chicago WSox - WP: C. Bassitt 2 FINAL
Detroit - LP: K. Lobstein 0
Pittsburgh - WP: F. Liriano 1 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: A. Harang 0
Houston - LP: N. Tropeano 3 FINAL
Texas - WP: D. Holland 4
St. Louis - WP: A. Wainwright 8 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: T. Wood 0
Arizona 6 Top 9th Inning
Minnesota 2
LA Angels 1 Bottom 3rd Inning
Oakland 6
San Francisco 2 Top 5th Inning
Los Angeles 0
Colorado 0 Top 5th Inning
San Diego 1
Chicago 24 4th Qtr 6:10
NY Jets 19
NY Giants 9/25/14 7:25 PM
Washington
Buffalo 9/28/14 12:00 PM
Houston
Green Bay 9/28/14 12:00 PM
Chicago
Tennessee 9/28/14 12:00 PM
Indianapolis
Carolina 9/28/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Detroit 9/28/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
Tampa Bay 9/28/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Miami 9/28/14 12:00 PM
Oakland
Jacksonville 9/28/14 3:05 PM
San Diego
Atlanta 9/28/14 3:25 PM
Minnesota
Philadelphia 9/28/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
New Orleans 9/28/14 7:30 PM
Dallas
Ottawa 2 FINAL
NY Islanders 3
Ottawa 5:00 PM
NY Islanders
New Jersey 5 FINAL
NY Rangers 4
Detroit 2 FINAL
Pittsburgh 1
Toronto 0 2nd Prd 20:00
Philadelphia 0
Washington 4 FINAL
Philadelphia 5
Minnesota 1 FINAL
Winnipeg 2
St. Louis 3 FINAL
Dallas 4
Anaheim 4 3rd Prd 7:25
Colorado 2
Colorado 0 2nd Prd 11:18
Anaheim 2
Los Angeles 3 2nd Prd 10:44
Arizona 1
Arizona 0 2nd Prd
Los Angeles 1
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(24) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(11) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Middle Tennessee 9/26/14 7:00 PM
Old Dominion
Fresno State 9/26/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
Texas-El Paso 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(25) Kansas State
Tennessee 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(12) Georgia
Vanderbilt 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Kentucky
Wyoming 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(9) Michigan State
Northwestern 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
TCU 9/27/14 11:00 AM
SMU
Iowa 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Tulane 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Rutgers
So Florida 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Colorado State 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Boston College
Western Mich 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Virginia Tech
Maryland 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Indiana
Akron 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/27/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Arkansas 9/27/14 2:30 PM
(6) Texas A&M
Kent State 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Virginia
Western Ky 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Minnesota 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Wake Forest 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Louisville
FIU 9/27/14 2:30 PM
UAB
(1) Florida State 9/27/14 2:30 PM
NC State
Miami-Ohio 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Colorado 9/27/14 3:00 PM
California
Louisiana Tech 9/27/14 3:00 PM
(5) Auburn
Texas 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Kansas
Temple 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Connecticut
(16) Stanford 9/27/14 3:15 PM
Washington
TX-San Antonio 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Fla Atlantic
South Alabama 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Idaho
Cincinnati 9/27/14 5:00 PM
(22) Ohio State
Rice 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Missouri 9/27/14 6:00 PM
(13) So Carolina
Boise State 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Air Force
North Carolina 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Clemson
Central Mich 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
Troy 9/27/14 6:00 PM
ULM
New Mexico St 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(17) LSU
Memphis 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(10) Ole Miss
Duke 9/27/14 6:30 PM
Miami-Florida
Texas State 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Washington St 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Utah
(8) Notre Dame 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Syracuse
(7) Baylor 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Iowa State
UNLV 9/27/14 7:00 PM
San Diego St
Illinois 9/27/14 8:00 PM
(21) Nebraska
Oregon State 9/27/14 9:30 PM
(18) USC
Nevada 9/27/14 9:30 PM
San Jose St
Toronto 40 FINAL
Brt Columbia 23
Edmonton 23 FINAL
Hamilton 25
Calgary 15 FINAL
Montreal 31
Ottawa 32 FINAL
Saskatchewan 35
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Grade the Vikings offense

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close