Two years after being drafted in the sixth round DeMarcus Love is still on the Vikings, still battling for a spot as a backup offensive lineman. Still waiting to play in his first regular season game (he spent all of 2012 on IR which didn’t help).
But now a funny thing has happened to DeMarcus that may derail his efforts to grab a spot on the 53-man roster for 2013. He has gone and gotten himself suspended for the first four games of the season for a violation of the league’s PED policy. Ooops!
According to Love’s agent, DeMarcus took an over-the-counter sleep aid that contains a banned substance. Those darned sleep aids! Love reportedly appealed the suspension and lost.
“DeMarcus deeply regrets this incident,” said the player’s agent in a statement. “He looks forward to resuming his playing career for the Vikings organization and contributing to the 2013 football season.”
Leslie Frazier made his own statement to the media about the suspension. “I was disappointed when I got the news, and we talked about my displeasure and the entire organization’s concerns for him,” the coach said. “Hopefully, he’ll learn from this and grow from this.”
DeMarcus may be doing that learning and growing with a different organization. He was in a battle for a roster spot anyway and this will put him at a distinct disadvantage. You have Troy Kropog at tackle as well as Travis Bond who can also play some guard. Both may have been ahead of Love anyway. And now this.