NFL Suspends Vikings FB Jerome Felton for 3 Games

The NFL suspended Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton for three games for violating the league's substance abuse policy

Aug 27 2013, 12:05am CDT | by

NFL Suspends Vikings FB Jerome Felton for 3 Games
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The NFL suspended Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton for three games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. 

This development was confirmed by Bob Sansevere and Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on August 26. They also report that the Vikings' Pro-Bowl fullback hasn't seen action during the current preseason after he had an appendectomy on August 14. 

The exact reason for the ban wasn't divulged, but Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports says it is linked to Felton's suspicion of DUI in June 2012, citing two people with knowledge of the situation. The DUI suspicion has since been reduced to reckless driving. 

NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal, who refers to his colleague Ian Rapoport's earlier report, says another reason for the suspension was an old DWI charge slapped against Felton in 2009. 

Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman says the team respects the NFL's decision. 

"We respect the league's decision, and Jerome understands it. Jerome is focused on returning to the playing field in week four vs. Pittsburgh." 

Michael David Smith of NBC Sports notes Felton, who is 2012 NFL MVP Adrian Peterson's lead blocker when the Vikings line up in the I-formation, played in all 16 games last season and started seven. 

He re-signed with the Vikings over the summer to the tune of a three-year deal worth $7.5 million. With him out, Rhett Ellison will be most likely tapped to fill in for him at fullback once the 2013 season kicks off. 

The suspension marks the second for Minnesota in the month of August. Four weeks ago, offensive lineman DeMarcus Love was banned for four games after violating the NFL's PED policy, per CBS Sports.  

 

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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