Vikings fullback Jerome Felton likely to miss rest of preseason after appendectomy

Thursday August 15th, 2013

(Tom Dahlin/Getty Images) Vikings fullback Jerome Felton is likely out for the preseason after undergoing surgery. (Tom Dahlin/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton will likely miss the rest of the preseason after undergoing an emergency appendectomy Wednesday, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The operation on the Pro Bowler was a success and the timeline for Felton's recovery is estimated to be two weeks.

The team's preseason finale is Aug. 29 at home against Tennessee Titans, and the Vikings open up the regular season against the Detroit Lions on Sept. 8.

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Felton was the lead blocker for NFL Most Valuable Player Adrian Peterson, who ran for 2,097 yards and 12 scores last season.

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Felton enjoyed a major breakthrough in his first season with the Vikings last season, using his toughness and tenacity as Adrian Peterson's lead blocker to earn a Pro Bowl invitation. Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards on his way to MVP honors and has said that Felton's efforts blocking in front of him may have been "worth 600-700 yards over the course of the season. Maybe more than that.

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