CB Price Suspended; Vikings Sign CB Thomas

Vikings cornerback Jabari Price has been suspended the first two games of the regular season for violating the substance abuse program.

Vikings cornerback Jabari Price has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Price was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving after the team’s 2014 season finale but had the charges reduced to careless driving.

Price will be eligible to return to the Vikings’ active roster on Sept. 21, following the team’s game against the Detroit Lions. He is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games, with the Vikings checking into training camp Saturday in Mankato, Minn.

Price was making progress on the depth chart this offseason and vying for a role as a nickel cornerback. He was a seventh-round draft pick of the Vikings last year and played in 14 games, mostly on special teams, where he saw 191 snaps compared to only 46 on defense.

“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 though the NFL Players Association. “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 Vikings responded by signing CB Josh Thomas. Thomas has four seasons of NFL experience, spending three years (2011-2013) with the Carolina Panthers before spending time with the Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets and Detroit Lions last year.

Thomas (5-11, 185) has played in 43 NFL games, making 10 starts in his final two seasons with the Panthers, when he was teammates with current Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn.

He has 11 passes defensed and one interception in his career.

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