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BBAO: Timetable for Jerome Felton

We're Black and Blue All Over:

At this point, the Minnesota Vikings do not believe that fullback Jerome Felton will miss the start of the regular season, even after he underwent an emergency appendectomy Wednesday on the final day of training camp.

There doesn't seem much reason for Felton to play in the preseason, but with 24 days remaining until the Vikings' regular-season opener at the Detroit Lions, there is an adequate time period for him to heal.

The only other fullback on the Vikings' roster is undrafted rookie Zach Line, who made a splash in the preseason opener with a 61-yard touchdown reception.

Continuing around the NFC North:

  • Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press speaks with Line.

  • There are four players, including rookie Cordarrelle Patterson, in line to compete with punt returner Marcus Sherels. More from Andrew Krammer of 1500ESPN.com.

  • Mark Craig of the Star Tribune speaks with former Vikings defensive end Kenechi Udeze, whose coaching internship with the team ended Thursday. Udeze just hit the five-year anniversary of receiving a bone marrow transplant to fight leukemia.

  • Receiver Matt Willis is one of five players to watch Thursday night in the Lions' preseason game at the Cleveland Browns, according to Justin Rogers of Mlive.com.

  • Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press wants to see better work from defensive backs Bill Bentley and Don Carey in this game.

  • John Niyo's Detroit News column on Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy is worth a read. Levy's eccentric personality has led him on some wild adventures. Niyo: "Last summer, that meant swimming with great white sharks in South Africa and bushwhacking his way through Botswana. This summer, he headed for Peru, spending five days hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu and then another week slogging through a remote area of the Amazon rainforest in Peru’s Loreto province. Five hours from the nearest town, it was just Levy and a couple local guides, living off the land. And for Levy, this was paradise found."

  • The starting job is there for the taking for Chicago Bears rookie linebacker Jon Bostic. More from Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

  • Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com has a story on the unlikely connection between Bears rookie guard Kyle Long and defensive tackle Nate Collins.

  • Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times: "Assignments will be blown, sacks will be given up and frustration will ensue. But Bears offensive coordinator/line coach Aaron Kromer wants that to continue right now for two rookies, right guard Kyle Long and right tackle Jordan Mills. Kromer will throw them to the wolves and let them learn and grow -- that's part of the plan to find the best five for the offensive line."

  • Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "There are hard workers, there are workaholics and then there's Jarrett Bush."

  • Packers quarterback Vince Young is making progress but has a long way to go, according to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.

  • Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com: "At age 29 and entering his ninth NFL season, Aaron Rodgers is on a rep count for the first time since he became the Green Bay Packers starting quarterback in 2008. It has been especially noticeable during team periods this week, when at times Rodgers has taken only the first rep or two before giving way to the backups. That’s a significant change from past camps in which Rodgers often took the first three or four reps of each period, and the backups would get two or one snaps each."

  • Packers tight end Matthew Mulligan brings a level of physicality to the team's running game. More from Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.