The Vikings got some bad news today as defensive end Ray Edwards was slapped with a four game suspension for violating the league’s policy against steroids. “It’s disappointing, but there are policies in place and our players have to adhere to those policies,” Vikings coach Brad Childress said. “Every team goes through challenges as you go through the year. We’ve been through some of our own. It’s an opportunity to have others step up.”
Edwards was becoming a backup to Erasmus James, but had been a starter for most of the season on the highly ranked Vikings D-line. Rookie Brian Robison and Jayme Mitchell will also be called on to fill in during Edwards’ absence from the team. “I guess we’re taking it about as good as a team can,” Robison said. “We know things happen, and you just have to make sure that when things do happen, you just have to push through it and come together as a team and make sure we keep playing the way we’re playing.”
The D-lineman could return to the team after the last regular season game on December 30th vs Denver. The team could have him back if they make the playoffs, which right now is a possibility since they sit at 6-6 and have games left vs the 49’ers, Bears and Broncos, all teams under .500. This season Edwards has 25 solo tackles and 4 sacks.