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Vikings waive running back Roc Thomas after recent suspension

Roc Thomas, Vikings

According to an official statement released by the franchise on Monday afternoon, the Minnesota Vikings have added an offensive lineman while electing to part with a running back. Upon signing offensive lineman Tiano Pupungatoa, the Vikings promptly created an available roster spot by waiving running back Roc Thomas, who was recently suspended by the NFL for three games without pay.

It is also worth noting that such moves have kept the Vikings’ current roster at 90 total players, which is the league-wide offseason limit.

Pupungatoa previously spent time as a member of the Vikings during rookie minicamp in May, though that was only on a tryout basis. Primarily playing guard during his collegiate playing days at South Dakota State, Pupungatoa initially served as a defensive lineman as a freshman in 2015 before ultimately switching to offensive for his final three go-rounds at that level.

On the other hand, the aforementioned Roc Thomas initially made his way to Minnesota as an undrafted free agent in the spring of 2018. Thomas appeared in five regular season games as a member of the Vikings in 2018, rushing for 30 yards on a total of eight carries. He also added a pair of catches for another 21 yards this past season.

Thomas was recently suspended by the NFL for three games without pay for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The 23-year-old running back was previously sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty to a felony marijuana possession charge back in May.