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Vikings linebacker Brothers suspended 4 games for drug violation

The NFL announced on Friday that Vikings linebacker Kentrell Brothers has been suspended for the first four games of the season for a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Brothers, who can still play and practice in the preseason, is eligible to return to the active roster after the Vikings’ Week 4 game against the Rams on Sept. 27. His earliest regular-season game would be against the Eagles on Oct. 7.

"I have been informed by the NFL that I will face a 4-game suspension for PED use," Brothers said in a statement given to NFL Network. "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."

A fifth-round pick in 2016, Brothers had earned a roster spot the past two years in large part because of his work on special teams, though 2017 fourth-rounder Ben Gedeon won a spot at weak-side linebacker in the team’s base defense after Chad Greenway’s retirement. Brothers, a Missouri product, was active for all 16 games last year after playing 10 as a rookie.

Report: Vikings-Eagles rematch will be in Week 5 of NFL season

 

 

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles in action during the NFL football NFC championship game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

 

 

Take a deep breath, Vikings fans. The Vikings are not opening the 2018 season against the Eagles, after all.

A radio report a few weeks back said the season opener would be a rematch of the NFC Championship Game, in which the Eagles trounced the Vikings en route to the Super Bowl LII title.

However, the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting the Eagles will host the Falcons in Week 1. The Vikings won’t travel to Philadelphia until Week 5, according to Inquirer report.

The official NFL schedule will be announced at 7 p.m. CT on NFL Network. Just like this, you can expect a few leaks — some true, some false.

Here’s what we know for sure: The Vikings will play at least 16 games. Where it starts and ends, we’ll know soon enough.

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