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Pat Elflein Lands On PUP List, His Return “Shouldn’t Be Too Long”

The young center is recovering from multiple injuries.

The Minnesota Vikings placed second-year center Pat Elflein on the PUP list Wednesday. Elflein is recovering from a broken ankle that he suffered late last season. The 2017 third-round pick is also dealing with shoulder issues.

Head coach Mike Zimmer said Elflein is “getting better every day” and expects that his return from the physically unable to perform list “shouldn’t be too long.” Elflein, who did not take part in spring drills, will not be allowed to practice until he’s removed from the PUP list.

With most veterans not practicing until Saturday, the Vikings on Tuesday signed undrafted rookie J.P. Quinn to man the center position.

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Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and previously wrote for Rant Sports. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBoarMan.

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  1. I can’t wait for Elflein to be healthy enough to get on the field working on his skills and the men on each side of him ~ IMHO this young man has All Pro in his future ~ He should be much better in year two ~ And he showed he was capable of working with his OG’s no matter who they were ~ And what a great job he did of calling the blocking once he saw the defense set ~

    1. I’m with you Gordon. He definitely played better than his PFF grade would suggest and clearly has a very bright future. Hope he comes back strong.

      Looking like it will be Easton – Elflein – Remmers shaping up the interior once he’s back. Will be interesting to see if that changes.

      1. DeFilippo said today over on vikings.com that O’Brian looks stronger than he did in the spring ~ Maybe he is just more comfortable with what they want from him ~ DeFilippo said he was really anchoring down ~ Keeping the DE at the LOS ~ Now who that DE was he didn’t say ~ It would be sweet if O’Brian turns out to be the player Spielman~Zimmer~Sparano thought he was ~

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