The NFL has suspended Vikings second-year running back Roc Thomas three games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Thomas will be eligible to return Sept. 23. 

Police arrested Thomas in January upon finding about five ounces of marijuana at his home in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. Police also seized a gun and almost $16,000 in cash during the arrest. The charge was felony drug possession, for which Thomas received probation and a stay of adjudication. According to the report, Thomas said the marijuana was for personal use. 

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As an undrafted rookie out of Jacksonville State, Thomas made the opening roster after a productive preseason. He saw the field in five games, recording 51 yards on 10 touches. After Minnesota waived him on Nov. 7, Thomas joined the practice squad, where he remained the rest of the season.

Since the arrest, Thomas has been somewhat of a long shot to make this year’s team out of camp. The suspension guarantees he will not start on the 53-man roster, and could mean the end of his Minnesota career altogether. He will participate in all training camp and preseason activities, however, so he could boost his stock prior to serving his suspension.

–Sam Smith is the Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage Vikings and Deputy Editor for Full Press NFL. Like and Follow @samc_smith.

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