Vikings place Pat Elflein on injured reserve

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The Vikings will be down a starting offensive lineman against the Colts this weekend.

The team has placed right guard Pat Elflein on injured reserve. Elflein started and played every snap against the Packers in Week One and he was not on Wednesday’s injury report, so the reason for the move is not yet known.

Elflein will be eligible to return to action after three games on the list. There is no limit to the number of players that can be activated from injured reserve this season.

Dru Samia is listed as Elflein’s backup on the Vikings depth chart. Rookie Ezra Cleveland is listed as the backup to left guard Dakota Dozier.

Elflein has started 43 games since the Vikings made him a third-round pick in the 2017 draft.

UPDATE 4:39 p.m. ET: Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports Elflein injured his thumb in Thursday’s practice.

8 responses to “Vikings place Pat Elflein on injured reserve

  1. Addition by subtraction! He’s horrible and is on his last year in Mn. RT O’Neill goes all of ’19 without giving up a sack, but it took him less than a half to allow a sack this yr when playing alongside Elflein. Not sure who’s to blame as the DE slanted hard across O’Neill’s face. Was Elflein supposed to be looking out instead of in??

  2. cheeseisfattening says:
    September 16, 2020 at 3:36 pm
    Wishing Elflein all the best. No anger towards IR players from this fan base.

  3. He has not been effective for a couple years since his shoulder surgery. Not sure what the problem is now but he was once a promising young lineman. Let’s hope he can get healthy and regain some of that promise. For now let’s call Josh Kline and hope all is forgiven.

  4. Wait, the guy starts 43 straight games for the Vikings and the minute he goes on IR, the fans are calling him garbage. What does that make the 2nd string player who is about to replace him?

    0-2 is a big hole to climb out of.

  5. This is simply a move by the Vikings to try something different at RG other than Elflein and allowing Elflein to “save face”. Elflein has been one of the worst Guards in the NFL the past 2 season and the Vikings know it and they need to move on from him.

    If Elflein was so good, they’d tape up his thumb and put a “club cast” on his hand and send him back out there.

  6. whatjusthapped says:
    September 18, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    What does that make the 2nd string player who is about to replace him?


    Haven’t you been paying attention? All off-season the Purples have proclaimed the guys who sat behind the departed starters could do as well or better than the guys who left.

    Sure it didn’t work out so good last Sunday. And its not logical unless your Coach cannot evaluate talent. But still.

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