Mixon Loses Suspension Appeal

The NFL announced Wednesday that it has denied Kenny Mixon's appeal of a two-game suspension.

Kenny Mixon has been practicing with the Vikings throughout training camp, but one of the areas of concern during those practices is preparing for the first two games of the regular season against the Cowboys and Eagles.

The Vikings knew that they would be facing those games without Mixon. That became official Wednesday when his cursory appeal of his two-game suspension had been denied and he will have to stay away from the team for the two weeks following the final preseason game.

The suspension came from a DWI conviction earlier this year that resulted in Mixon being sentenced to 30 days in the work farm.

The affirmation of the suspension also means that Mixon with forfeit two game checks -- worth almost $306,000 -- making the workfarm confinement seem tame by comparison.

Mixon can return to practice following the Monday night game at Philadelphia.

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