Around the Horns: Surgery affecting Felton

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Jerome Felton will miss the Vikings' first three games due to a NFL suspension stemming from his drunken-driving arrest 16 months ago. But Felton might not have been ready to return for the Vikings' regular-season opener on Sept. 8 anyway.

Felton told USA Today that he is still recovering from the emergency appendectomy surgery he had earlier this month, and might still have needed a week to heal had he been eligible to play. As it is, he'll have time to recover and return for the Vikings' game in London on Sept. 29, where he hopes he can turn the corner.

DWI charges against Felton were dropped in April, but the Vikings fullback said he's motivated to return and help the people who stood by him. "I feel like I'm leaving my team high and dry. It hurts," Felton told USA Today. "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."

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