Vikings defensive end Kenny Mixon has completed the penalty phase of his sentence for a drunken driving conviction. But his problems may not yet be over with the NFL.
Although VU was told over draft weekend that Mixon likely wouldn't face a four-game suspension (or lesser amount), coach Mike Tice left the option open when asked about it.
Tice was asked if the drafting of Darrion Scott on the third round was insurance in case Mixon did face a suspension, Tice acknowledged it could be a possibility – but followed it up by saying his understanding is that a suspension would not be coming down.
That is also what Mixon said at the team's developmental camp. However, NFL officials have not said the matter is resolved and haven't ruled out a potential suspension. Second-time offenders to the league's substance abuse policy are in line for possible suspension. But a precedent may have been set last year when Bears DT Bryan Robinson didn't receive a suspension following a second alcohol-related violation. Whether that has any bearing on Mixon's case is uncertain, since the league contends it handles each case on an individual basis.
While they still have to wait for official confirmation, Mixon is confident he will be on the field when the regular season opens in September.
* Vikings CB Antoine Winfield was interviewed by the NFL Network Wednesday and a transcript of the interview is available on the NFL Network link at NFL.com. In it, Winfield talks about his new team as well as his insight into the 11th-hour switch from the Jets to the Vikings. When asked about a paperwork snafu that prevented him from signing, Winfield admitted if the Jets had their paperwork ready when he arrived at team headquarters, he would be a Jet right now. He also added that he was upset when he heard on ESPN that he had already signed with the Jets, which opened the line of dialogue with the Vikings.
* The Vikings signed free agent WR Adam Hosack and LB Merrill Robertson.
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