The injury report last week was pretty scary with a lot of important players being on the list. But since then that list has gotten a lot less scary as Jared Allen, Erin Henderson, Harrison Smith, Desmond Bishop, Xavier Rhodes, and AJ Jefferson all are back on the field. All of the #1′s are supposed to get playing time through the first quarter of Friday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. Let’s just hope for the best as far as injuries go so that come regular season week 1 through week 17 the entire team will be healthy. Without further ado here is this week’s injury report.
• FB Jerome Felton (appendix) missed practice:
Today it was announced that Felton had to have an emergency appendectomy. These are fairly simple surgeries with the technology in today’s medical field and takes less than an hour from start to finish. However, depending on his ability to heal quickly, fight through a little pain and maybe nausea from the meds, and have the doctor’s approval to play physically, he could be out for more than a few weeks. Some stay in the hospital for 1 or 2 days while on rare occasions can be in for weeks. Being that he’s a great physical condition compared to the average human (I’m assuming), the team shouldn’t be without him for too long. After this type of surgery where the doctor will go in with three scopes, there will be a lot of bruising in the abdomen area and 3 open lacerations with stitching that will need to heal. Like the Vikings team says, he should be expected back by the start of the regular season. Lets hope so… for Peterson’s sake.
Today after the surgery, Felton wrote, ”Thanks for the well wishes everybody, I’ll b fine, surgery went great and I’ll b out there soon! #SkolVikings.”
• DT Christian Ballard (personal reasons) missed practice:
I don’t know Mr. Ballard personally, but we pray that his personal reasons aren’t life-threatening or due to sickness in his family. We hope you see you soon Christian!
• LB Michael Mauti (knee) returned to practice:
Mauti seems to get hurt at bad times in his career. During college he suffered to ACL injuries that kept him off the field for sometime. However, when healthy, he is a beast on the field and can be a very productive force for the defensive linebackers. Fortunately for himself, his future, and the team, this knee “injury” isn’t necessarily an injury. Word on the street says that it is just soreness from last years ACL and he should be fine.
• CB Jacob Lacey (knee) will remain out for two to four weeks:
It’s tough to say that he makes the 53 man roster this year. But if he does I think it would be safe to say that he will be behind AJ Jefferson, Xavier Rhodes, and Chris Cook.
• WR Greg Childs (knees) remains on the physically-unable-to-perform list:
It’s tough not to feel sorry for Greg Childs being that he had two knee injuries simultaneously. It doesn’t matter how tough you are or how fast you can come back from an injury or even if you’re Adrian Peterson – having 2 blown knees during the same period of time would absolutely ruin anybody’s day! Greg was playing hard during a few practices before the preseason game started and he looked like he was progressing. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s ready to play full-on in a game. I’ve mentioned this before and that is, Greg Childs and Jarius Wright came into training camp last year for the Vikings at the same time after playing together through grade school, high school, college, and now the pros with Greg Childs having a higher expectation. If that is true, I can’t wait to see Greg’s potential open up because Jarius Wright is becoming a fan favorite very quickly.