Vikings won’t have Pat Elflein on Sunday

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The Vikings haven’t quite nailed down the No. 2 seed in the NFC and their attempt to do it by beating the Bears will happen without the help of center Pat Elflein.

Elflein has been ruled out of Sunday’s game due to a shoulder injury that kept him from practicing this week. It’s the second game that Elflein, who was a third-round pick this April, will miss this season.

Elflein’s injury comes when the Vikings were already dealing with some changes to the offensive line. Left guard Nick Easton fractured his ankle last Saturday, which moved Jeremiah Sirles into the starting lineup. Right guard Joe Berger is expected to take over at center, which will mean further shuffling up front.

The Vikings’ most direct route to a first-round bye is beating the Bears. If they don’t, they can still lock up the No. 2 spot with a loss by the Panthers or wins by the Saints or the Rams.

12 responses to “Vikings won’t have Pat Elflein on Sunday

  1. I suspect the shoulder won’t be completely healed without off-season rest or surgery, with the Vikes hoping a 3 week break will make him a bit healthier for the playoffs. Berger has experience at center, but he’d better stay healthy.

    The Bears D is good, so a weakened O-line may make for a low scoring game.

  2. Sirles in at LG, Berger at C, Remmers moves to RG, Hill goes to RT, and Reiff stays at LT. Isidora is a backup, and they will bring someone up from the PS.

    It’s called depth, not a lot of teams have it, Minnesota does.

  3. This team may as well prep 8-10 guys a week to be starting offensive lineman. On the bright side, it hasn’t been nearly as big of an injury nightmare at O-line as it was last year.

  4. If this was the Superbowl, he would play, you can bet the house on that. It’s only the Bears, that’s the only reason he’s being rested. Teddy will enter the game the moment the offense takes a 2 possession lead in the second half.

  5. The Rams ain’t playing to beat the Niners Sunday, and probably won’t. A Viking win at home with a week off on the line is the closest thing to a sure thing of the other games, but if they stumble, the Panthers will know that at kickoff.

  6. I’m sure the Vikings will be fine for this week, but I’d rather not go into the playoffs with a backup playing LG, the RG moved to C, the RT moved to RG, and a backup playing RT. I doubt that Reiff is close to 100% either. The offensive line has been the main reason for the improvement over last year and the playoffs are not the time to be moving guys around.

  7. Even if Vikings lose Sunday as long as Saints win don’t care about Panthers win. It won’t even matter bc Saints win south and Panthers get wild card.

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