Among all of the roster moves that the Minnesota Vikings are making today, we have the lone player on the team’s Physically Unable to Perform List being moved in a different direction.
Source said Pat Elflein will practice tomorrow, and will not need to start the season on the PUP list. He won’t be ready for Week 1, but shouldn’t be too long, provided he is able to handle contact without any issues.— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingStrib) September 1, 2018
According to Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (among others), the Vikings will be moving center Pat Elflein off of the PUP List before today’s 3:00 PM Central roster deadline. As Goessling points out, while it doesn’t appear that Elflein will be ready for Week 1 action, he will not be forced to miss the first six games of the regular season as he would if he were to start the season on PUP.
Elflein was recovering from a pair of off-season surgeries, one on the broken ankle he suffered in the NFC Championship Game and an additional surgery on his shoulder. The team placed him on the PUP List at the start of camp, and he has not yet practiced with the team as a result.
This means that Elflein will count against the 53-man roster, but it’s a very positive sign for one of the keys to the Vikings’ offensive line.
So, there’s some good news for Vikings fans this morning.