Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will start his mission to rush for 2,500 yards without fullback Jerome Felton beside him.
The NFL has suspended Felton for three games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, the league announced Monday.
Felton, who reached the Pro Bowl last season after helping Adrian Peterson run for 2,097 yards, is eligible to return before the Vikings play in London on Sept. 29 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Felton was arrested for drunken driving in June 2012, shortly after he had signed with the Vikings. Felton quickly apologized for his mistake, and the charge was later reduced to reckless driving.
The fullback received a three-year, $7.5 million contract from the Vikings before this season, and was already due to miss the rest of the preseason after undergoing an emergency appendectomy earlier this month.
Rhett Ellison will fill the void left by Felton once regular season starts for the Vikings on Sept. 8 in Detroit.