Remember how Jerome Felton’s DUI charges from last offseason just seemed to disappear?
Well, they’re back.
Felton eventually pleaded guilty to careless driving, a reduced charge, but that was his second offense which lands him in hotter water with the NFL. Today, it was announced that Felton will be suspended for the first three games of the regular season.
Felton’s recent surgery meant he was sitting for the remainder of the preseason already, so now we know we won’t get Adrian Peterson’s lead blocker back until week four.
The good news for Felton is that he already cashed in on last year’s Pro Bowl season by signing a three-year deal this offseason which will pay him $2.5 million in guarantees this year. The good news for the Vikings is that this suspension is not the result of a new incident involving Felton.
If Felton’s suspension (and DeMarcus Love’s for that matter), come with roster exemptions then the Vikings will be able to store some “bubble” players on the active roster for an extended look until their veterans return. In Love’s case, he may not return at all.
While it is unclear if Rhett Ellison will take over as the starting fullback, it certainly doesn’t hurt Zach Line’s chances of being on the opening day roster. Line has two receiving touchdowns this preseason and has impressed overall.
For an offense that desperately needs a kick start, however, the news that Peterson’s trusted lead will miss three games is not welcomed.