From: Twin Cities
From today's Strib:
Vikings center Pat Elflein, who was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list to begin training camp on Wednesday, is recovering from not one, but two, operations he had this offseason.
Multiple NFL sources said Elflein had surgery this offseason to repair the shoulder injury he’d sustained last Dec. 2 in Atlanta. Elflein missed two of the Vikings’ last four regular-season games with the injury before returning for the team’s two playoff games.
Coach Mike Zimmer had said in January that Elflein would have offseason surgery on the left ankle he fractured in the NFC Championship Game, and Dr. Robert Anderson performed the operation shortly after the season. I’d heard all offseason that Elflein had also needed surgery on his shoulder, and sources said Wednesday he did in fact have an operation.
Zimmer said Wednesday that Elflein would be on the PUP list “until he gets healthy and the doctors say he can go,” before adding, “It shouldn’t be too long. He is getting better every day.” Elflein isn’t dealing with a new injury, and his recovery from shoulder and ankle surgeries would seem to be reasons for caution more than concern at this point. The shoulder operation does explain part of the reason, though, why the Vikings figure to take their time with their second-year center and make sure he’s completely healthy before engaging in full-team drills.
The Vikings signed rookie center J.P. Quinn on Tuesday, before placing Elflein on the PUP list Wednesday. Elflein would need to be cleared from the PUP list before he can take part in team drills in training camp.