Elflein (ankle) will not play in Sunday's game against the 49ers, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Despite being taken off the PUP list, Elflein was never expected to be ready for Week 1. Elflein should be considered week-to-week for now, as the Vikings are optimistic that he will be able to return in the early portion of the regular season.
Elflein remains on the PUP list as he nears full health following ankle and shoulder procedures late last season, but the Vikings are hopeful to have him back at practice by the end of the upcoming week. The team wouldn't rush him back into preseason action, however, so their starting center likely won't be available for Friday's preseason tilt against the Seahawks.
The Vikings remain in no rush to hurry Elflein back on the field after he required surgery in late January to repair a fractured left ankle, as well as another procedure in December to address a shoulder injury, according to Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. With over a month to go before the regular season, Minnesota will likely take every precaution to ensure Elflein is healthy for Week 1. He projects to open his second NFL campaign as the Vikings' starting center.
Elflein (ankle) expects to be a full participant when Training Camp begins in late July, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Elflein has not participated in OTAs due to offseason ankle surgery but he is on schedule with his recovery. However, it's unclear if he'll have any part in the team's upcoming minicamp.
Elflein (ankle) is unlikely to participate in May's Organized Team Activities, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "I'll probably start some footwork drills (at that time), but full contact, probably not,'' the center said.
Elflein is recovering from a fractured left ankle he suffered in January's NFC championship game. It sounds like he's close to full health, but the Vikings aren't rushing him back. The center noted that he isn't certain what his participation level will be for the team's mandatory minicamp held June 12-14.
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|5||10/7/18||@ PHI||4:25 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
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