Minnesota placed Ellefson (groin) on injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: Ellefson was activated off IR last Wednesday, but he remained sidelined during Week 13 and will now head back to IR due to what appears to be a significant groin injury. The reserve tight end hasn't suited up since Week 4 and won't be able to play again until Week 18 at the earliest, though it's certainly possible he remains out for the remainder of the campaign.
Dec 7, 2022 12:26 PM EST
Ellefson (groin) has been ruled out for Week 13 versus the Jets.
Analysis: Ellefson was activated off of IR Wednesday, but he will need at least one more week off before making his return to the field following a groin issue. The tight end will slot in behind T.J. Hockenson and Johnny Mundt on the Vikings' depth chart once healthy.
Dec 2, 2022 12:28 PM EST
Ellefson (groin) was activated off of the injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: Ellefson is expected to make his return to action after being out since Week 4. In the four games he played, the 26-year old tight end caught all three of his targets for 26 yards while serving mainly as a blocking specialist. Ellefson will look to help open holes for Dalvin Cook and the run game in his return versus a stout Jets run defense.
Nov 30, 2022 10:55 AM EST
Ellefson (groin) was designated to return from injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: Ellefson returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since being placed on IR in early October with a groin injury. The team will now have a 21-day window to either activate him from IR or leave him unavailable for the remainder of the season. Ellefson has made three catches for 26 yards while appearing in four games this year and he will operate as an additional depth option behind T.J. Hockenson once healthy.
Nov 9, 2022 8:10 AM EST
The Vikings placed Ellefson (groin) on injured reserve Saturday, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Ellefson landed on the injury report Thursday due to the groin issue, didn't practice Friday and was already ruled out for Week 5, but he'll now be forced to miss at least four games after landing on IR. In his absence, Johnny Mundt will serve as the top backup behind Irv Smith, but Nick Muse, who was also elevated off the practice squad for Sunday's matchup against the Bears, may also carve out a rotational role moving forward.
Oct 8, 2022 3:50 PM EST
Ellefson (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Bears.
Analysis: Ellefson landed on the injury report Thursday as a limited participant due to a groin injury and didn't practice Friday. His absence will leave Johnny Mundt as the only tight end on the roster behind Irv Smith, though the Vikings may elect to elevate Nick Muse from the practice squad for added depth.
Oct 7, 2022 1:03 PM EST
Ellefson had two receptions for 24 yards on two targets in Sunday's win over Detroit.
Analysis: Ellefson is primary a blocking tight end, as he has just four reception in three seasons. However, he does have three this season and Sunday's output was a career high. He ran four routes on 13 snaps on offense.
Sep 26, 2022 1:37 PM EST
Ellefson had one reception for two yards on one target in Sunday's win over Green Bay.
Analysis: Ellefson is primary a blocking tight end as it was just his second reception in three seasons. He went out for a pass on just one of 17 snaps.
Sep 12, 2022 11:10 AM EST
Ellefson was activated from injured reserve Saturday, Craig Peters of the Vikings' official website reports.
Analysis: The tight end was placed on IR in late October with both a foot and knee injuries, finally returning in Week 18 after missing 11 games. In four games this season with the VIkings, Ellefson has operated mostly as a non-factor on offense, failing to reel in his only target.
Jan 8, 2022 2:29 PM EST
Ellefson (foot/knee) was designated to return from injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: Ellefson spent just over two months on injured reserve due to foot and knee injuries, but he returned to practice Wednesday. It's not yet clear whether he'll be able to play in either of the final two games of the regular season.
Dec 29, 2021 10:01 AM EST
Ellefson (foot/knee) was placed on injured reserve Thursday, Eric Smith of the Vikings' official site reports.
Analysis: Ellefson was a limited participant at Wednesady's practice due to the foot and knee issue, so it's somewhat of a surprise to see him shift to injured reserve a day later. Tyler Conklin and Chris Herndon are now the only available tight ends on Minnesota's active roster.
Oct 28, 2021 3:44 PM EST
Ellefson suffered both a knee injury and a foot injury during Wednesday's practice, Craig Peters of the Vikings' official site reports.
Analysis: The tight end will look to return to practice sooner rather than later so he can be active before playing the Cowboys on Sunday. In 2021, Ellefson has yet to make a reception, only being targeted once.
Oct 27, 2021 5:15 PM EST
Ellefson left practice early Wednesday with an apparent knee injury, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Ellefson missed Week 6 against the Panthers with a bad knee. After a bye week, Ellefson returned to practice, but seems to have aggravated the injury. He'll try to return to practice Thursday and be ready for Week 8 against Dallas.
Oct 27, 2021 12:49 PM EST
Ellefson (knee) was ruled out ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Panthers, Craig Peters of the Vikings' official website reports.
Analysis: Ellefson wasn't able to practice at all ahead of Week 6, so his unavailability shouldn't be a surprise. The 6-foot-3 tight end will have the bye week to get healthy before Minnesota returns to action against the Cowboys on Oct. 31.
Oct 18, 2021 1:10 PM EST
Ellefson (neck) isn't listed on the injury report heading into Sunday's game against the Browns.
Analysis: Ellefson missed Thursday's practice due to a neck injury but recovered quickly enough to avoid being on Friday's injury report altogether. The reserve tight end has been used exclusively in a blocking role thus far, as he's yet to have a ball thrown his way this season.
Oct 1, 2021 11:10 AM EST
Ellefson (neck) didn't participate in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Ellefson wasn't on the injury report Wednesday, so it's concerning that this issue popped up midweek. Meanwhile, Tyler Conklin (elbow/glute) was a limited participant, leaving Chris Herndon as the only healthy tight end for the Vikings. Ellefson and Conklin will look to elevate their participation Friday ahead of Sunday's game versus the Browns.
Sep 30, 2021 4:45 PM EST
Ellefson was claimed off waivers by the Vikings on Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Ellefson was waived by the Jaguars on Tuesday, but he'll have a spot on the Vikings' season-opening roster. The 2020 UDFA appeared in seven games for Jacksonville as a rookie and caught one pass for 10 yards.
Sep 1, 2021 8:09 PM EST
The Jaguars waived Ellefson on Tuesday.
Analysis: Ellefson appeared in seven games -- catching one of four targets for 10 yards -- before landing on injured reserve during his rookie season. The 24-year-old is a likely candidate to join the Jaguars' practice squad if he goes unclaimed on waivers.
Aug 31, 2021 2:35 PM EST
Ellefson (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
Analysis: Ellefson had already been declared out for Week 13, and he'll be required to miss at least two more games before returning to the lineup. The Jaguars appear ready to carry four tight ends moving forward: Tyler Eifert, James O'Shaughnessy, Eric Saubert and Tyler Davis.
Dec 5, 2020 3:05 PM EST
Ellefson (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Vikings, John Shipley of SI.com reports.
Analysis: Ellefson has averaged about 20 offensive snaps over the past four games but won't be available for Week 13. Eric Saubert should operate as the team's No. 3 tight end behind Tyler Eifert and James O'Shaughnessy.
Dec 4, 2020 10:21 AM EST
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