Felton has appendectomy (capping a bad day)

Jerome Felton (John Emms/Viking Update)

Jerome Felton had an emergency appendectomy and was named the NFL's most overpaid player. That's a bad day.

You ever have one of those days?

Wednesday was the kind of day that was a real pain for Jerome Felton – literally and figuratively.

Felton attended the team's morning walk-through, but there isn't any physical contact during walk-troughs. Following the morning practice, he complained of pain in the stomach area and Felton was rushed to a hospital to have an emergency appendectomy.

The procedure was successful and doctors got to the appendix before it burst. However, not only is Felton obviously out for Friday's game with Buffalo, he will miss the remainder of the preseason. The team is targeting his return for the first game of the regular season.

"Thanks for the well wishes everybody, I'll b fine, surgery went great and I'll b out there soon!" Felton tweeted after the surgery Wednesday night.

To make matters worse for Felton, his appendectomy came on the same day when a reporter for Forbesidentified Felton as the game's most overpaid player. Formulating a list based upon a statistic developed by the website ProFootballReference.com, Forbes said that Felton had a value of zero by the Approximate Value statistic. A complicated formula, it tries to equate the value of players at different positions against their salary. Felton did very little in terms of running the ball or catching passes – two of the critical factors for running backs – but apparently blowing out the first line of defense in front of league MVP Adrian Peterson doesn't earn points with the AV Club.

Second on the list is tight end John Carlson, whose Approximate Value was attached to his 2012 salary, not his restructured contract. But if Felton is No. 1, the veracity of the stat is itself appears meaningless. Apparently, Matt Flynn's five completions made him worth more against the fat contract Seattle gave him, not to mention Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.

It was a really bad day for Felton.

THURSDAY NOTES

  • On Wednesday, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton claimed that his confidence in Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf has been "undermined" by the recent court decision that found the Wilfs in violation of civil racketeering laws in an apartment development deal more than 20 years ago. The court battle between Wilf and former business partners in a New Jersey apartment complex has been working its way through the courts for more 20 years. Viking Update reported on a legal decision on the matter five years ago. The story has been widely reported in New York and New Jersey media outlets for years with each side winning legal victories and the loser appealing the decision. The short-term impact is that the stadium authority, which was supposed to approve the lease agreement for the new stadium has, deferred the discussion while they investigate. Considering the NFL was aware of the never-ending court case before the Wilfs were approved as the new owners of the Vikings and gave its approval – a decision-making process much more diligent than the State of Minnesota – the Wilfs were welcomed in.

  • Don't read too much into Buffalo announcing Kevin Kolb will start Friday's game after being sidelined for slipping on a rubber mat. While Kolb will get the start, he'll probably play just one quarter, while E.J. Manuel will be getting the chance to play two quarters as the No. 2 QB. What will be telling is to see who starts the Week 3 game, because the starters likely will play into the third quarter. If Kolb starts that game, you've got something. If not, Manuel may become this year's version of Russell Wilson, who built momentum through the preseason and carried it into the regular season – never looking back and running both Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn out of town within six months.

  • Daunte Culpepper was among a group of 83 former players to put their names on the latest lawsuit seeking damages from the NFL related to concussions suffered while they played. The case was filed in the southern district of Florida and is the latest in a growing amount of players filing suit to be part of the case when it is likely consolidated into a singular class action suit. Running back Clinton Portis is the lead plaintiff on the case, bringing the total of former players that have signed on four lawsuits involving the NFL to more than 4,500.


    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.
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