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Michael Floyd expected to appear in Arizona court this afternoon

Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd is expected to appear in an Arizona court this afternoon to make his case regarding his three breathalyzer tests flagged for alcohol and one missed test earlier this month.

Floyd is due in court at 3:30 p.m., according to the Scottsdale City Court website. He could be sent to jail if the judge does not buy his defense.

Floyd is not allowed to consume any alcohol under the terms of his house arrest following his February guilty plea related to his arrest for extreme DUI in Arizona last December. His court-ordered alcohol monitoring noted three failed tests and a missed test between 5:30 a.m. and 6:33 a.m. on Sunday, June 11, per police records obtained by the Star Tribune.

Floyd claimed the failed tests were the result of him drinking Kombucha tea and plans to make that case in court today. The Vikings stood by him.

At the time of the failed tests, Floyd was still serving a 120-day sentence, the first 24 of which were spent in jail. The remainder of his sentence was house arrest, with random breath tests administered at a minimum of six times a day. His house arrest was transferred to Minnesota last month so he could practice with the Vikings shortly after signing May 10.

The St. Paul native and former Cretin-Derham Hall star signed a one-year $1.4 million contract, none of the salary guaranteed. He usually practiced with the second-team offense this spring after joining the Vikings.

Floyd remains subject to league discipline for his ongoing legal issues.

Check back to this afternoon as we track this story.

Chip Kelly on Vikings' new strength coach: He's 'cutting-edge'

Four days after it was learned that Brent Salazar was leaving the Vikings to join the U.S. Tennis Association, the Vikings announced that Mark Uyeyama will replace him as head strength and conditioning coach.

Uyeyama spent the previous nine seasons with the 49ers, working his way up from his first role as assistant strength and conditioning coach to the head job to director of human performance in 2015 and 2016.

Uyeyama figures to bring a sports science background to the Vikings after using science and technology to keep tabs on 49ers players. Chip Kelly, the former 49ers and Eagles coach who was considered “a mad scientist” for utilizing sports science, raved about Uyeyama last May.

“Uye, our strength coach, they’re cutting-edge guys that have been on top of everything,” Kelly told reporters. “So there wasn’t anything I brought here that they weren’t already doing or had already tried and moved on to other things. Those guys are pretty good.”

Uyeyama was let go this winter after the 49ers fired Kelly and replaced him with Kyle Shanahan, who wanted to go in a different direction.

Prior to joining the 49ers, he was the head strength coach at Utah State.

Uyeyama will be the third head strength and conditioning coach in Mike Zimmer’s four years as head coach. Prior to Salazar, who held that role for only one season, Evan Marcus led the Vikings’ strength program.

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