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NFL suspends Roc Thomas three games

Kirk Cousins knows he needs to be more than a .500 quarterback, but can he take that next step in what's becoming a critical year for himself and the Vikings?

The NFL has suspended Vikings running back Roc Thomas for three games for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.

He is allowed to participate in training camp and the preseason.

Thomas admitted to felony marijuana possession in May but was sentenced to probation, with the charge dismissed if he completes conditions of the probationary term. Those include a chemical dependency evaluation and possible treatment; no alcohol or drug use; and random testing.

Officers executed a search warrant on Thomas’ apartment Jan. 16 after complaints about the smell of marijuana. Police found 143 grams of marijuana and nearly $16,000 in cash.

Thomas, 23, played in five games last season and had 10 touches for 51 yards. He played 29 snaps on offense and 59 on special teams.