EAGAN, Minn. -- Brett Jones’ absence from the Minnesota Vikings lasted one week.
The center, released Sept. 3, was re-signed Tuesday, Sept. 10. To make room on the roster, Minnesota waived rookie tight end Brandon Dillon.
The Vikings also released kicker Chase McLaughlin from the practice squad. A source said Dillon would be a candidate to join the practice squad if he clears waivers.
Dillon had made the 53-man roster after going undrafted out of Marian University in Indianapolis and made his NFL debut by playing seven offensive snaps in Sunday’s 28-12 win over Atlanta.
Jones was released when the Vikings needed a roster spot to sign wide receiver Josh Doctson. A source said there was an understanding Jones soon could return to the team.
With Jones gone, Garrett Bradbury was the only center listed on the roster entering Sunday’s game. Had Bradbury gotten hurt, the Vikings would have moved left guard Pat Elflein, last year’s starting center, back to his old position.
Jones is scheduled to practice Wednesday and be available for Sunday’s game at Green Bay.
Jones came to Minnesota in an August 2018 trade with the New York Giants. He started the first three games at center last season when Elflein was recovering from injuries.
Mattison entrenched as backup
There was plenty of competition in the preseason to be Minnesota’s backup running back. Rookie Alexander Mattison won the job, and it doesn’t appear he’ll be giving it up anytime soon.
In his debut as Dalvin Cook’s backup, Mattison carried nine times for 49 yards against the Falcons.
“I thought Alexander ran the ball very effectively,’’ said Vikings coach Mike Zimmer. “He ran hard. … He’s got a chance to be a good complementary back to Dalvin. It was good to see.’’
Mattison, a third-round pick, had competed with Ameer Abdullah and Mike Boone to be Cook’s backup. When he was given the night off for the final preseason game, that assured he had won the spot.
“I was preparing to play the entire week until (running backs coach Kennedy Polamulu) broke it down to me that I wasn’t going to play,’’ Mattison said. “The competitor in me wanted to play, but I understood why.’’
Mattison got plenty of work against the Falcons and made the most of it.
“It’s an exciting time,’’ he said of his first regular-season game. “It was the first game of the season, so it was just a little bit different (than the preseason). The nerves might have been running a little bit higher.’’
–Cornerback Mackensie Alexander had an MRI on Monday after suffering a dislocated elbow Sunday. NFL Media reported Tuesday it was determined Alexander will not need surgery but it is uncertain how long he will be out. For the Green Bay game, the Vikings could get back cornerback Mike Hughes, who hasn’t played since suffering a torn ACL and other ligament damage in Week 6 last year as a rookie.
–Safety Anthony Harris is a candidate for NFC defensive player of the week after having two interceptions and a fumble recovery against Atlanta. “You get an interception and the person who catches the ball usually gets a bit of the credit, but if you go look at the tape you see those guys up front really pressuring the quarterback (Matt Ryan),’’ he said. “I tip my hat to those guys.’’
–Before Zimmer arrived as Vikings coach in 2014, they had gone 1-7-1 this decade against Green Bay. Zimmer started out 0-3 against the Packers but now has a winning record against them (5-4-1).