The NFL announced today that Vikings cornerback Jabari Price has been suspended for the first two games of the 2015 regular season without pay for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Price, who is allowed to participate in training camp and preseason games, is eligible to return to the team’s active roster on Monday, Sept. 21.
“I sincerely apologize to my family, my teammates, the Vikings organization and Vikings fans for the mistake I made last winter,” Price said in a statement. “I can assure you that it will never happen again. I look forward to returning to helping my team on the field in Week 3.”
Price was arrested for suspicion of driving while impaired in the hours after the team’s 2014 regular-season finale in December and had his charge reduced to careless driving in April as part of a plea agreement.
The Florida native was a seventh-round pick in 2014. He played 14 games as a rookie. He was mostly used on special teams but also played 46 defensive snaps as a reserve. He recorded 10 tackles in his first season.
The Vikings improved their depth in the secondary this offseason with the additions of veteran Terence Newman and top pick Trae Waynes. But that depth is already thinning out with Price’s two-game suspension and Josh Robinson being sidelined with a pectoral injury he suffered this spring.