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Jerome Felton will miss the Vikings' first three games due to a NFL suspension stemming from his drunken-driving arrest 16 months ago. But Felton might not have been ready to return for the Vikings' regular-season opener on Sept. 8 anyway.
Felton told USA Today that he is still recovering from the emergency appendectomy surgery he had earlier this month, and might still have needed a week to heal had he been eligible to play. As it is, he'll have time to recover and return for the Vikings' game in London on Sept. 29, where he hopes he can turn the corner.
DWI charges against Felton were dropped in April, but the Vikings fullback said he's motivated to return and help the people who stood by him. "I feel like I'm leaving my team high and dry. It hurts," Felton told USA Today. "That shows you it's not about the money and all that stuff. I care more about being there, out on the field, and helping us win."
Continuing around the Vikings beat:
We talked about observations from the Vikings' win over the Titans in their final preseason game, checked in with former Viking Bob Lurtsema about where the money from the NFL's concussion settlement should go, and looked at Marcus Sherels' big night a week after his father's funeral.
Chris Miller of the Star Tribune talked to some of the players on the bubble to make the Vikings' roster.
A number of former Vikings are cautiously optimistic about how the settlement in the NFL's concussion lawsuit could help retired players, Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune says.
Desmond Bishop made the most of his last audition for a roster spot, writes Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.