COMMENTARY | The Minnesota Vikings have had an eventful past couple of days regarding news, injuries and a suspension.
Here are some news and notes over the past few days on the Vikings:
Jerome Felton Suspended
Vikings Pro Bowl fullback Jerome Felton will miss the first three games of the regular season after being suspended by the league for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Felton pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of careless driving back in June of 2012, resulting in a suspension by the NFL. Felton went on to appeal the suspension and lost, according to the Star Tribune.
He will be eligible to return to practice on Monday, September 23. His first game eligibility will be in London against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4 of the regular season.
The Vikings issued the following statement from general manager Rick Spielman: "We respect the league's decision and Jerome understands it. Jerome is focused on returning to the playing field in week four vs. Pittsburgh."
Kevin Williams Injury Update
Vikings fans can take let out a sigh of relief regarding the news of Kevin Williams. After having a MRI on his right knee, Kevin Williams somehow walked away from what looked to be a serious injury with no ligament damage.
Williams got hurt when 49ers offensive lineman Joe Looney went low to block the big man. The play was clearly a cheap shot. despite no flag being thrown.
The Vikings released a statement from head coach Leslie Frazier: "Kevin Williams suffered a hyper-extension injury to his right knee in last night's football game. An MRI exam today revealed a significant bone contusion as well as a posterior capsular strain. Kevin was fortunate in that there was no injury to any of his ligaments."
After being throttled by the San Francisco 49ers 34-14 on Sunday night, the Vikings began evaluating the roster, getting ready to make the first batch of cuts. On Monday afternoon, the Vikings released a list of 13 players that were cut.
Here are the players the Vikings released:
WR LaMark Brown
WR Erik Highsmith
OG Tyler Holmes
DE Lawrence Jackson
DE Marquis Jackson
LB Stanford Keglar
DB Greg McCoy
WR Chris Summers
QB James Vandenberg
C Camden Wentz
DB Roderick WilliamsThe biggest surprise was probably Bradley Randle, who had won over fans on social media as well as his YouTube highlights. He was pound-for-pound one of the toughest kids the Vikings had in camp this season. Other than Randle, most of the cuts were expected and no major surprised stood out.
Dennis Parsons is a Minnesota-area sportswriter covering the Minnesota Vikings for Vikings Central. He previously covered all Minnesota professional sports teams for Minnesota Sports News Nightly. You can email him at email@example.com or follow him on twitter @Parsons_VC.
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