Vikes Re-Sign Elling

The NFL is a strange place, where personnel comings and goings happen in a hurry and without remorse. So it is that Aaron Elling makes his Vikings return today.

When Aaron Elling struggled in the preseason, the big question wasn't if he was going to be released but when would it happen?

Elling's NFL adventure comes full circle today as he returns to the Vikings as a kickoff specialist in place of Morten Andersen. While Andersen will handle field goal duties up to 50 yards, Elling's job will be to kick off and boot the long field goals.

While this is something coach Mike Tice said he wouldn't do -- carry two placekickers -- reality has won over his wishes and, like it or not, Elling is back.

FRIDAY NOTES
* To make room for Elling on the 53-man roster, the Vikings released CB Rhett Nelson. It is expected he will clear waivers, at which point he will be signed to the practice squad and the team will release kicker Travis Dorsch.
* The Vikings made a claim on recently released Bears linebacker Leon Joe, but the Cardinals made a claim too and, with a worse record, had first dibs on him.

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