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Pat Elflein (shoulder) out for Vikings vs. Panthers

Minnesota Vikings center Pat Elflein snaps the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

As the Vikings try to handle the Carolina Panthers’ fourth-ranked run defense on Sunday, they’ll have to do so without rookie center Pat Elflein.

Elflein, who was listed as questionable for the game with a shoulder injury that limited him in practice all week, won’t play for the Vikings on Sunday in Charlotte. He’ll join tackle Mike Remmers among the Vikings’ offensive line starters to miss Sunday’s game, while Nick Easton starts at center.

The loss of the rookie, who’s put together an impressive season through 12 games, could be a blow for the Vikings as they try to establish their run game on Sunday, but they did use Easton as their center for much of training camp, and they have a capable backup in Jeremiah Sirles, who’ll start at left guard.

Here is the Vikings’ full list of inactives for Sunday:

QB Kyle Sloter

WR Stacey Coley

C Pat Elflein

T Mike Remmers

TE David Morgan

DE Tashawn Bower

DT Jaleel Johnson

Morgan, Remmers sidelined at practice, out for Sunday

Vikings tight end David Morgan (concussion) and right tackle Mike Remmers (low back) have been ruled out for Sunday in Carolina.

Morgan practiced Thursday on a limited basis in the concussion protocol, but was watching Friday’s practice from the sideline.

Remmers will miss his fifth straight game Sunday, this one against his former team in the Panthers. He missed three games due to a concussion and now is in his second week of dealing with a low back injury.

Center Pat Elflein (shoulder) is listed questionable to play after being limited all week in practice.

Six other Vikings on the injury report — cornerback Mackensie Alexander (chest), nose tackle Linval Joseph (knee), fullback C.J. Ham (neck), linebacker Eric Kendricks (hip) and safety Andrew Sendejo (shoulder) — were full participants on Friday and will play Sunday.

NFL Scoreboard

  • San Francisco

    Houston

     

    - F

    26

    16

  • Oakland

    Kansas City

     

    - F

    15

    26

  • Indianapolis

    Buffalo

     

    - F

    7

    13

  • Minnesota

    Carolina

     

    - F

    24

    31

  • Chicago

    Cincinnati

     

    - F

    33

    7

  • Green Bay

    Cleveland

     

    - F

    27

    21

  • Detroit

    Tampa Bay

     

    - F

    24

    21

  • Dallas

    NY Giants

     

    - F

    30

    10

  • Washington

    Los Angeles

     

    - F

    13

    30

  • Tennessee

    Arizona

     

    - F

    7

    12

  • NY Jets

    Denver

     

    - F

    0

    23

  • Philadelphia

    Los Angeles

     

    - 4th, 3:45

    37

    35

  • Seattle

    Jacksonville

     

    - 4th, 1:55

    24

    30

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