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The Vikings were still picking up the pieces Tuesday from the news that Jerome Felton would be suspended three games for a drunken-driving arrest back in June 2012. But coach Leslie Frazier knew all summer -- in fact, since Felton first got arrested -- that NFL discipline might be coming. And after the news came down, Frazier met with Felton to encourage the fullback to keep progressing like he had since the arrest.
"We had him only a few weeks when that incident occurred," Frazier told Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "We hadn't had a chance to introduce him to our culture and how we do things. We've seen a lot of growth. That's encouraging. I just tried to get him not to be as down and depressed as he was when we got the news and just maintain the level of consistency he has shown over the past few months: Don't let this set you back."
Felton was contrite about the arrest last summer, and has fit in well with the Vikings since then, earning a Pro Bowl selection and a three-year, $7.5 million contract as he helped Adrian Peterson run for 2,097 yards. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Peterson averaged 6.9 yards per carry with Felton on the field last season, and 4.6 yards per carry without Felton. The latter number is good; the former is transcendent. Once Felton is eligible to return, the Vikings will be happy to have him.
Continuing our look at the Vikings coverage of the day:
We looked at the time it took the NFL to suspend Felton, and how it might have given the fullback a window to catch on with the Vikings. We also discussed the Vikings' defensive-line depth with Kevin Williams hurt and Sharrif Floyd still on the mend.
Frazier has no regrets about the Vikings' plan to play starters into the third quarter last Sunday night, despite Williams' injury, Sansevere writes.
Linebacker Desmond Bishop says he's ready to start for the Vikings, according to Sean Jensen of the Pioneer Press.
The Vikings delivered some of the financial data the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority had been waiting to see in its review of the Wilf family's business dealings, according to Richard Meryhew of the Star Tribune.
Injuries to Williams and Floyd could create an opportunity for backup Chase Baker to make the Vikings' roster, writes Mark Craig of the Star Tribune.
Matt Kalil, who was flagged for two unnecessary roughness penalties Sunday night against the 49ers, is trying to be smarter about his aggression, according to Andrew Krammer of 1500ESPN.com.