Vikings WR Floyd Gets 4-Game Suspension

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The sixth-year veteran earned an additional day behind bars after he was found to have violated the terms of his house arrest by testing positive for alcohol. The receiver said the positive alcohol test was due to drinking large amounts of Kombucha tea, a strong fermented drink containing natural alcohol.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had strong comments regarding Floyd's alcohol incidents earlier Friday. It's a harsher punishment than the standard two-game suspension for a drunken driving conviction, but the collective bargaining agreement gives the commissioner discretion for "aggravating circumstances", such as extreme intoxication.

The following tweet by ESPN's Field Yates was the first report of the suspension. Schefter said the sense around the Cowboys was a "short" suspension would be levied.

The NFL rules state that a player must sit out one game for a first-offense DUI. However, with this decision, the league makes clear it did not want to take any chances that the wide receiver could be lying. "I don't have any doubt why there'd be scepticism, but he told me that he wasn't (drinking)". "We should have a man-to-man".

It will be four games.

Floyd put together back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons in 2010 and 2011. Floyd will officially be eligible to return to the active roster on Monday, Oct. 2, a week ahead of Minnesota's Monday Night Football matchup with the Chicago Bears. He is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He now holds the Notre Dame record for most receptions in a single season with 100, surpassing Golden Tate's 93-catch season in 2009.

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