Fullback Jerome Felton of the Minnesota Vikings had to have an emergency appendectomy, the team announced on Wednesday night. Because of the surgery, Felton will miss the Viking’s next preseason game against the Bills tomorrow, but may also have to skip the rest of the preseason.
Felton earned a pro-bowl bid last season, as he helped MVP Adrian Peterson tally up over 2,000 yards last season. He was instrumental in AP’s performance, who at the start of last season, didn’t like the idea of running with a fullback. Felton was able to clear lanes and block for Peterson, which helped the all-star running back get close to breaking the single season rushing record, set by Eric Dickerson back in 1984 (2,105).
As a Vikings fan myself, I was a big proponent of Felton running in front of Peterson. Being able to open up runs was essential last season, and will be needed for continued success this season in my opinion.
Jerome Felton became a free agent at the end of last season, but has since re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings.