At the start of Training Camp, the Minnesota Vikings effective shelved four players until they were ready to start practicing with the team. One of those players will be rejoining his teammates on the practice field on Sunday.
Defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis, who the team initially placed on the Physically Unable to Perform List, was activated this morning and will start practicing with the team today.
Ellis was signed by the Vikings last season last October after Shamar Stephen was placed on injured reserve. The 6’5”, 335-pounder didn’t put up huge numbers for the Vikings in his half-season with the team, as he collected just five total tackles. Still, he proved to be a solid member of the rotation when he was called upon.
The addition of Ellis will add even more competition along the defensive front for the Vikings, as players will battle for the right to be on the depth chart behind starters Linval Joseph and Sharrif Floyd, as well as primary backup Tom Johnson.
Tight end Rhett Ellison remains on the PUP List, and he could very well remain there into the regular season. Backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke and offensive lineman Mike Harris remain on the Non-Football Injury List.