According to Michael David Smtih of Pro Football Talk, Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton has been suspended three games. The 27-year old Vikings starter violated the league’s substance abuse ploicy.
Felton was arrested last season on suspicion of a DUI.
Felton was originally a fifth round pick (146th overall) by the Detroit Lions in 2008. After spending his first three seasons and then a season in Carolina in 2011, Felton blossomed into the Vikings starting fullback in 2012. He helped pave the way for Adrian Peterson’s near record breaking season. Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards on 348 attempts with 12 touchdowns. Felton himself did not record a rushing attempt, but played in every game and had three catches for 35 yards.
Felton started seven games and was rewarded with a three-year, $7.5 million contract in the offseason.
Felton will playing in Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Tennessee Titans Thursday. However, after that game he won’t see action until the Vikings’ week four home matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, meaning he’ll miss games against the Detroit Lions (away), Chicago Bears (away) and Cleveland Browns (home).
Felton can return to practice on Monday, September 23.