SATURDAY, 12:30pm: Price told reporters, including Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune, that he appealed the suspension and was denied (Twitter link).
FRIDAY, 12:21pm: Yet another NFL player is facing a suspension, as the Vikings announced in a press release that Jabari Price has been banned by the league for the first two games of the 2015 regular season for violating the league’s policy on substances of abuse. Price is the third player to have a suspension announced today, following Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith and Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe.
Price’s suspension stems from a December incident, when he was charged for suspicion of drunken driving. That charge was ultimately reduced to careless driving, but the 22-year-old was still subject to discipline from the league. In a statement released on Price’s behalf through the NFLPA, the young defensive back apologized to his family, his teammates, the Vikings organization, and fans, vowing that he’ll never make the same mistake again.
After being selected in the seventh round of the 2014 draft, Price stuck with the Vikings last year, contributing sparingly on defense and special teams for the club. For the season, Price logged 47 defensive snaps and made five tackles in kick and punt coverage. He’ll provide depth in the Minnesota secondary once he returns from his two-game ban.