Vikings cornerback Jabari Price will be suspended for the first two games of the regular season without pay for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Price is set to report to training camp in Mankato on Saturday and is allowed to participate in camp and camp and preseason games.
Price was arrested in Minneapolis 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.
“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.”
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 also signed free-agent cornerback Josh Thomas, a fifth-round pick of the Cowboys in 2011 out of Buffalo. He spent his first three NFL seasons with the Panthers before bouncing around the league in 2014, spending time with the Panthers, Seahawks, Jets and Lions.
The 26-year-old has started 10 games in the NFL, all of them with the Panthers. He has one career interception, 11 pass breakups and 66 tackles. Thomas, listed at 5-11 and 185 pounds, will be the 12th cornerback on the roster as the Vikings report to Mankato.