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Updated: September 1st, 2011 10:42am
Vikings put waiver claim on FB Jerome Felton, who lands with Carolina

Vikings put waiver claim on FB Jerome Felton, who lands with Carolina

by Tom Pelissero
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If Ryan D'Imperio's disappointing preseason weren't enough indication the Minnesota Vikings remain unsettled at fullback, their decision to pursuit of an established player at the position should settle it.

According to ESPN, the Vikings were one of three teams to place on a waiver claim on former Detroit Lions fullback Jerome Felton, who was awarded to the Carolina Panthers.

A fifth-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, Felton (6-foot, 246 pounds) appeared in 42 games with Detroit over the past three seasons. He ranked 22nd out of 30 qualifying fullbacks in's subjective rankings last season.

Two days before the 53-man cutdown, the Vikings are carrying two fullbacks, including D'Imperio, a seventh-round pick out of Rutgers in 2010 who spent his rookie year on the practice squad while making the transition from linebacker.

The Vikings have given D'Imperio a long look in training camp and the preseason both on offense and special teams. But he hasn't done much to separate himself from undrafted rookie Matt Asiata, whose long-shot bid to make the roster took a hit when he missed a couple weeks with a hip flexor problem.

There appears to be a decent chance the Vikings will move forward without a fullback and/or trying to find one after Saturday's cuts.

The Philadelphia Eagles also reportedly put in a claim on Felton, 25. The Panthers' league-worst 2-14 record last season gives them top priority on waivers until Week 4.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Matt Asiata, Ryan D'Imperio