The NFL has spoken, and two Minnesota Vikings are heading for the bench:

Six players, including the heart of the Minnesota Vikings’ stout defensive line, were suspended by the NFL on Tuesday for violating the league’s anti-doping policy.

All six were punished for using a diuretic, which can serve as a masking agent for steroids.

The suspended players were running back Deuce McAllister and defensive linemen Charles Grant and Will Smith of New Orleans; defensive linemen Kevin and Pat Williams of Minnesota; and long snapper Bryan Pittman of Houston.

A seventh player, Atlanta’s Grady Jackson, was not suspended. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said league chief counsel Jeff Pash had asked for additional information from Jackson.

Minnesota takes a hard hit.  They currently leading the NFC North and rely “heavily on the two Williamses in its run defense, which ranks second in the league.”

Six players total took the dive.

I wonder what professional sports would be like without the drugs?