Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle DeMarcus Love has been suspended for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, according to reports.
Love, who has yet to play a meaningful down in the NFL, will be suspended the first four games of the regular season without pay. The suspension came as a shock to the 6’4″ tackle.
”I was shocked,” Love said. ”I’ve never cheated, and I never will, intentionally.”
Love will still be able to practice with the team, but the bubble player will likely take a huge hit in his potential on making the team with the suspension.
Love was drafted by the Vikings in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL draft. He spent his rookie season inactive for all 16 games and spent last season on the IR [injured reserve] with a shoulder injury.
”It’s obviously frustrating,” Love said. ”It’s bad for me, but it might give other guys a heads-up. You have to watch what you put into your body.
Love was teammates at Arkansas with current Vikings Greg Childs and Jarius Wright.