Vikings' McKinnie Suspended Four Games

The NFL suspended Minnesota Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie for the first four games of the regular season without pay for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

McKinnie faces charges, including one felony, stemming from a fight outside a Miami nightclub in February.

He has pleaded not guilty and has a court date scheduled for Sept. 24.

The league's conduct policy empowers Commissioner Roger Goodell to impose penalties whether a player is convicted of a crime or not.

The suspension will cost McKinnie $764,706 of his $3.25 million salary.

Artis Hicks becomes the Vikings' starter at left tackle.

By Mark Maske |  August 29, 2008; 7:28 PM ET  | Category:  League , Vikings
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