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Felton returns from suspension, Vikings still need to make a cut


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton watched the first two road losses alone as he served his three-game suspension from a DUI arrest two summers ago.

On Monday, Felton returned to the team and is eligible to practice and play after being sidelined since Aug. 31. He’ll take the field for the first time in 2013 when the Vikings try again for their first win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in London.

“This last one I didn’t watch by myself, but I probably should’ve been because I was yelling and carrying on the whole time,” Felton said. “I was tired after that game. I felt like I played the game. So I didn’t watch this last one by myself.”

Felton, 27, hasn’t played since the preseason opener on Aug. 9 after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on the last day of training camp on Aug. 14. The Vikings will need to cut somebody from their 53-man roster before Felton can participate in Wednesday’s practice in London.

The Pro Bowl fullback signed a three-year, $7.5-million extension this offseason and will look to rectify a Vikings offense that hasn’t blocked efficiently through four quarters in any game so far.

“It makes you appreciate the position you’re in, appreciate your teammates, appreciate the organization for sticking behind me and encouraging me these last three weeks,” Felton said. “Because at first I was pretty down about the whole situation, but they really helped me stay up. So now I’ll do my part on the field to help pick them up too.”

Felton only played six snaps in the preseason opener and has seen very little action since the January playoff loss at the Green Bay Packers last season.

“We don’t have time for it to take a few weeks. I’ve got to hit the ground running. That’s on me, and that’s what I’ll do, and I’ll practice hard this week and try to pick up where I left off,” Felton said. “I’ve worked hard outside of this situation and I’ll continue to do so. I’m just glad it’s over and I’m just ready to move on with the rest of my career.”


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