Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/30/13
Pro Bowl fullback Jerome Felton's three-game suspension doesn't begin until Saturday but the emotions of leaving his Minnesota Vikings teammates already have hit him. "Man it hurts a lot" Felton told USA TODAY Sports after the Vikings' preseason finale on Thursday night. "I've shed tears about it. It's embarrassing just for it coming back up." Felton 27 learned on Monday the NFL had denied his appeal of the suspension which was related to his arrest on a DUI charge at a McDonald's drive-thru in June 2012. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving but was punished as a repeat offender under the league's substance-abuse policy because he had a previous drunk-driving arrest. The suspension leaves reigning MVP Adrian Peterson without his lead blocker months after the Vikings rewarded Felton with a three-year $7.5 million contract. "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 will lose $150000 for the suspension – 3/17ths on his $850000 base salary for 2013. He'll be eligible to return to the active roster on Sept. 23 and can make his regular-season debut six days later against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium in London.
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