Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl fullback Jerome Felton admitted to USA Today Sports that he cried over his three-game suspension.
“Man, it hurts a lot,” Felton said after the Vikings’ preseason finale on Thursday night. “I’ve shed tears about it. It’s embarrassing just for it coming back up.”
Felton learned Monday that the NFL denied his appeal of the suspension, which was for a driving while impaired last summer that was reduced to reckless driving and for another DWI four years ago.
“I don’t cry about many things,” Felton said. “But I definitely shed tears when it’s dealing with all this stuff, just because you just feel like you’re letting people down.
“I feel like I’m leaving my team high and dry. It hurts. 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.”
Felton, who re-signed with the Vikings in March to a three-year, $7.5 million contract, leaves the reigning MVP Adrian Peterson without a lead blocker. He will also lose $150,000 for the suspension and won’t be able to return until Sept. 23, six days before the Vikings play the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium in London.
“I’m going to heal up, work out and I plan on being in the best shape of my career when I come back,” Felton said. “That’ll be my main mission from now until then, is making sure I’m on top of my game physically.”