Right end Ray Edwards, who has started most of the season, has been suspended by the league for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on steroid use.
Head coach Brad Childress said he was disappointed in Edwards but could not comment further because of the confidentiality surrounding the policy.
Childress did say that the incident had nothing to do with Erasmus James starting ahead of Edwards last week against the Detroit Lions.
Edwards is in his second year out of Purdue. The fourth-round draft pick has been one of the Vikings' most consistent performers at defensive end. He is eligible to return to the team after the Dec. 30 season finale against Denver and could play if the Vikings (6-6) make the playoffs.