The NFL suspended Vikings second-year cornerback Holton Hill for four games Tuesday for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Hill’s suspension — which comes on top of the four-game ban he received for violating the NFL’s rules on performance-enhancing drugs — means he will be out for the Vikings’ first eight games.
He is eligible to practice and play in the preseason, but will not be able to play until Nov. 3 against the Chiefs.
The team signed Hill as an undrafted free agent in 2018, giving him more guaranteed money ($75,000) than they’d offered to any undrafted rookie in the Mike Zimmer era. After injuries forced Hill into the lineup, he started three games as a rookie, posting 36 tackles, seven pass breakups and an interception last season.
Hill was reportedly suspended from the University of Texas for failing a drug test, and reportedly failed a drug test at the 2018 NFL combine.