The Minnesota Vikings waived RB Roc Thomas, the team announced today.
Thomas, 23, was suspended for the first three games of the 2019 regular season for violating the ‘NFL’s policy and program on substances of abuse. The undrafted, second-year RB out of Jackson State was still able to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
Thomas was arrested in January after Dakota County police officers executed a search warrant of his apartment and found over five ounces of marijuana, over 100 grams over the legal limit, per the Pioneer Press. The running back admitted to felony marijuana possession in May, though the charge will stay off his record if he completes his probation.
In Thomas’ place, Minnesota signed Tiano Pupungatoa. He arrives to Minnesota after spending his collegiate playing career at South Dakota State University. A three-year starter at guard for the Jackrabbits, he was named to the AP FCS All-American Third Team in 2018 as a redshirt senior.