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Jerome Felton likely to miss rest of Vikings' preseason

The Minnesota Vikings will be without Adrian Peterson's lead blocker for the balance of the preseason.

The Star Tribune first reported Wednesday that fullback Jerome Felton underwent an emergency appendectomy, according to multiple sources. Felton is expected to miss in the range of two weeks.

The Vikings later confirmed the surgery.

Felton, a 2012 Pro Bowl selection who signed a new multiyear contract in the offseason, was rushed to the hospital shortly after the Vikings' Wednesday morning walk-through.

Felton emerged as one of the game's best lead blockers in his first season on the Vikings. Peterson respected Felton's abilities enough to say the fullback was "worth 600-700 yards over the course of the season. Maybe more than that."

Peterson will be happy to know Felton should be fully recovered by Minnesota's Sept. 8 season opener.

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