EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton has been suspended for three games without pay for violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport reports that the suspension stems from Felton's alleged DWI in June. Those charges were reduced to reckless driving, but the league decided to suspend Felton due to a DWI that occurred four years ago, Rapoport said.
Felton joined the Vikings last season and signed a 3-year, $7.5 million contract after making his mark as a blocker for NFL MVP Adrian Peterson.
Felton did not get any carries in 2012. He caught three passes for 35 yards.
He was recently dubbed the most overpaid player in the NFL by Forbes Magazine.
Felton will be eligible to return to the Vikings' active roster on Monday, Sept. 23, which falls the day after the team's first home game against the Cleveland Browns. The Vikings will play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 29 in London. Felton would be eligible to play in that game.
Felton is also eligible to participate in the final week of preseason. His suspension starts on Aug. 31.
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