As I had previously reported here at NFL Gridiron Gab about two weeks ago, the National Football League was weighing their decision on whether to suspend Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie. The decision is in, and it is not good for neither the Vikings nor McKinnie as NFL.com is reporting that the offensive tackle is being suspended by the league for four games without pay for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. McKinnie will miss games against the Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans during his suspension. 7-year veteran Artis Hicks is expected to fill in for McKinnie in the meantime.
McKinnie had signed a 7-year, $48.5 million contract extension – including more than $17 million in guaranteed money – in September 2006. Meanwhile, the Vikings had no comment regarding the suspension and a phone message left for McKinnie’s agent, Ben Dogra, hasn’t been returned. A pretrial hearing for the charges against McKinnie is being scheduled for next month in Miami Dade County Court.