Vikings activate Pat Elflein from PUP list, status for Week 1 unknown

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The Vikings starting center missed the entire preseason and training camp but was activated as team got to 53 players

Among the Minnesota Vikings' moves to get to the 53-man, regular-season roster, the team had to make room for an offensive lineman who hasn't practiced.

Minnesota activated starting center Pat Elflein off the physically unable to perform list. Elflein missed the entire preseason and didn't practice throughout training camp and the preseason as he recovered from offseason shoulder and ankle surgeries.

Elflein is eligible to return as soon as he's ready, but multiple reports have said he's not expected to play in Week 1 when the Vikings host the San Francisco 49ers.

Speaking last week, coach Mike Zimmer said Elflein wouldn't start the season on the regular-season PUP list, which would have required him to miss six games. But Elflein's status is still unknown. Zimmer has been reticent to talk about injuries in the preseason since he's not required by the league to release an injury report.

Minnesota traded for Brett Jones last week from the New York Giants. Jones started 13 games last season at left guard and center. In the final preseason game, the Vikings started guard Danny Isidora at center with Jones at left guard. Jones played center in the second half with Isidora shifting to center.

Among the final cuts, Minnesota released Cornelius Edison, who had been practicing with the first team at center since Nick Easton was hurt earlier in the preseason.

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