Ex-Vikes DE Scott suspended after incident with child

Updated: July 14, 2008, 8:50 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Darrion Scott received a three-game suspension for 2008 for violations of the league's conduct policy, the league informed teams Monday.

Scott pleaded guilty last week to a gross misdemeanor last week in a case involving child endangerment. He faced two felony charges for putting a plastic bag over the head of his 2-year-old son. Scott accepted the lesser plea of child endangerment.

He faced a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine. A former third-round choice of the Vikings in 2004, Scott is looking for a new team after the Vikings decided not to re-sign him this offseason.

A couple of teams were interested in signing him prior to his arrest. Now, Scott is eligible to sign with any team and participate in training camp. His suspension would begin the first week of the regular season. After three weeks, he would be eligible to play.

Because he had a December arrest after a small amount of marijuana was found in his car, the multiple offenses put him under possible conduct policy penalties.

Senior writer John Clayton covers the NFL for ESPN.com.

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