Vikings fullback Jerome Felton undergoes appendectomy
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Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl fullback Jerome Felton underwent an emergency appendectomy on Wednesday afternoon and is likely to miss the rest of the preseason, according to NFL sources. The Minneapolis Star Tribune first reported the story.
Felton took part in the Vikings' morning walk-through on the final day of training camp Wednesday in Mankato. He then missed the afternoon practice after being rushed back to the Twin Cities for surgery to remove his appendix.
The Star Tribune reported that the timeline for Felton's recovery should be about two weeks and that he is likely to be held out until the Sept. 8 opener at Detroit.
The Vikings will play their second game of the preseason on Friday night in Buffalo and then face the 49ers on Aug. 25 in San Francisco. Their preseason finale will be on Aug. 29 against Tennessee at the Metrodome. However, no starters likely be used in that game.
Felton joined the Vikings last season after playing for Detroit, Carolina and Indianapolis. He had no rushing attempts and only three receptions but helped lead the way for running back Adrian Peterson to rush for 2,097 yards, the second-highest total in NFL history.