Before officially kicking off their 2016 Training Camp, the Minnesota Vikings announced that they have put four members of their roster on two different roster-related lists.
The team placed defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis and tight end Rhett Ellison on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List. Ellison is still recovering from the torn patellar tendon that he suffered in the 2015 regular season finale in Green Bay. No word on what the issue with Ellis is at this point, though I’m guessing we’ll find out sooner or later.
The team also placed right guard Mike Harris and quarterback Taylor Heinicke on the Non-Football Injury (NFI) List. We’ve already gone over Heinicke’s situation in as much detail as we can, but Harris is a bit of a surprise. Last year’s starter at right guard, Harris was expected to fight for time along the Vikings’ revamped offensive line. However, all we know about his situation at this point, according to A.J. Mansour of KFAN, is that whatever is ailing him has a chance to turn into a "long-term issue." That depth along the offensive line at this point is starting to look a little sketchy, and we’re only one practice into the pre-season.
So, we’ve gotten some roster movement for the Vikings on this first day of Training Camp. The team still has an open roster spot, but there hasn’t been any indication of what they’re going to do to fill it.
UPDATE on Mike Harris from Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. This sounds scary.
Mike Harris, who started at right guard last season, was also placed on the NFI list with what he called a head injury.— Andrew Krammer (@Andrew_Krammer) July 29, 2016