When the Vikings signed free agent wide receiver Michael Floyd, they did so knowing he may miss a chunk of the 2017 season thanks to disciplinary action from the league. On Friday, the team announced they’ll be without the receiver for the first four games of the season.
Floyd will be eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He’s slated to return on Oct. 2. His first game back will be Oct. 9, when the Vikings take on the Bears on Monday Night Football.
Behind the three roster locks, roles are not as clearly distributed. Second-year players Cyrus Jones and Jonathan Jones have seen lots of practice reps during minicamp, while Justin Coleman served as the starting slot cornerback in 2015. Three undrafted rookies C D.J. Killings, Will Likely, Kenny Moore are also part of the equation.
And according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the team might add yet another body to the competition:
Former Chargers and Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers is visiting Arizona on Wednesday, per league source. Also been talking with the Patriots.
Flowers was released by the now-Los Angeles Chargers earlier this offseason after ending both the 2015 and the 2016 campaigns on injured reserve (knee, concussion). He originally entered the NFL as a second round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008 and grew into a very solid cornerback for the team. However, in the summer of 2014 and coming off his first Pro Bowl season, the Chiefs released Flowers due to schematic and financial issues.