EAGAN, Minn. — The NFL released a statement on Tuesday afternoon stating that Vikings running back Roc Thomas has been suspended without pay for the first three games of the 2019 regular season for violating the NFL’s policy and program on substances of abuse.

The 23-year-old will be eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. He is eligible to return to the Vikings’ active roster on September 23, following the team's September 22 game vs. Oakland.

Thomas was sentenced to three years of probation in May after pleading guilty to fifth-degree felony possession of marijuana. He was arrested at his apartment in January, when police officers found 143 grams of the drug.

Thomas appeared in five games for the Vikings last year as an undrafted rookie from Jacksonville State, where he finished his college career after playing his first two seasons at Auburn.

The Vikings open training camp at TCO Performance Center in Eagan on July 23 for rookies and select players, with veterans reporting on July 25.