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Vikings FB Felton Has Emergency Appendectomy

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ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 21: Jerome Felton #45 of the Detroit Lions fumbles the ball during the third quarter as Jason Hatcher #97 of the Dallas Cowboys attempts to catch the ball at Dallas Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The ball was recovered by Sean Lee #50 of the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys defeated the Lions 35-19. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 21: Jerome Felton #45 of the Detroit Lions fumbles the ball during the third quarter as Jason Hatcher #97 of the Dallas Cowboys attempts to catch the ball at Dallas Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The ball was recovered by Sean Lee #50 of the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys defeated the Lions 35-19. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl fullback Jerome Felton will miss Friday’s exhibition game against Buffalo, and perhaps the rest of the preseason, after having an emergency appendectomy.

The Vikings announced the surgery Wednesday night, not long after holding their last practice of training camp at Minnesota State, Mankato.

Felton was integral in Adrian Peterson’s 2,000-yard season last year. Peterson had long preferred to run without a fullback in front of him. But with Felton plowing the way, Peterson racked up the second-most yards in a single season and won the league MVP award. Felton signed a new contract to return to Minnesota in the offseason.

After the game Friday against the Bills, the Vikings have two games left before opening the season at Detroit on Sept. 8.

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