EAGAN, Minn. -- Center Brett Jones, released by the Minnesota Vikings last week, is expected to re-sign with them as soon as Tuesday, Sept. 10.
A source said Monday that Jones, who was released last Tuesday and flew home to his native Saskatchewan, returned to the Twin Cities on Sunday night and anticipates being back with the Vikings.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported last week that Jones, let go to create room on the roster for free-agent wide receiver Josh Doctson, could be re-signed. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said last week it was a “fluid situation” with the team’s backup center spot.
In Sunday’s 28-12 victory over Atlanta at U.S. Bank Stadium, starter Garrett Bradbury was the only player available listed on the roster as a center. Had Bradbury been injured, the plan was to move left guard Pat Elflein, last year’s starting center, back to his old spot.
It’s uncertain what roster move the Vikings might make to create room for Jones.
Additional help soon could arrive for Minnesota’s secondary.
Zimmer said Monday there’s “a chance” cornerback Mike Hughes, who hasn’t played since suffering a torn ACL and other ligament damage in Week 6 last season as a rookie, could return for Sunday’s game at Green Bay.
Hughes was activated Aug. 26 off the physically unable to perform and was limited last week in practice. Zimmer said there might not be a need to bring Hughes back slowly.
“I don’t think so,” Zimmer said. “He’s been conditioning pretty good. I’m sure we’ll have packages for him. We will just kind of see where he’s at.”
Vikings nickel back Mackensie Alexander suffered a dislocated elbow late in the first half of Sunday’s game. He had an MRI on Monday, but Zimmer did not provide results.
Safety Jayron Kearse filled in for the second half at nickel back.
In addition to Hughes and Alexander being sidelined, cornerback Holton Hill is serving an eight-game NFL suspension to start the season. But safety Anthony Harris still likes Minnesota’s depth.
“I’ve got confidence in the guys on the roster,” Harris said. “I believe in the coaches and the staff and organization. I believe they’re bringing in good talent.”
— Zimmer talked to his players about not getting overconfident after Sunday’s resounding win. “It’s over-reaction Monday,” Zimmer said. “Everyone’s going to tell you how great you are, and we have to get back to work. There’s still a lot of things we need to clean up.” Zimmer said the Vikings, flagged 11 times for 100 yards, had too many “dumb penalties.”
— Linebacker Eric Wilson’s blocked punt Sunday was the first for the Vikings since they had two Nov. 30, 2014 against Carolina. General manager Rick Spielman said he wanted to block more kicks with first-year special teams coordinator Marwan Maalouf doing things “a little differently.” Miami had success blocking kicks when Maalouf was assistant special teams coach there. “Hopefully, a blocked punt or a field goal helps us win a game,” Spielman said.
— The Vikings are going for their 500th victory in franchise’s 59-season history on Sunday. They are 479-397-11 in the regular season and 20-29 in the playoffs for 499-426-11 overall. It all started Sept. 17, 1961, when they defeated Chicago 37-13 in their first game as an expansion team. “When it’s the 500th, it will be something special,” defensive end Stephen Weatherly said.