Minnesota Vikings activate Canadian OL Brett Jones from injured reserve

The Minnesota Vikings have activated Canadian offensive lineman Brett Jones from injured reserve.

Jones went on injured reserve in November after hurting his knee in practice.

The Weyburn, Saskatchewan native can practice with Minnesota this week but can’t suit up until the Divisional Round in the NFL playoffs next week should the Vikings make it. Minnesota (10-6) plays the New Orleans Saints (13-3) in the NFL Wild Card round on Sunday.

Jones had made the 53-man roster following training camp, but following the signing of receiver Josh Doctson Minnesota released him. He was brought back later in September and played two games for the Vikings.

Minnesota acquired the former Calgary Stampeder offensive lineman in a trade during August 2018 with the New York Giants in exchange for a 2019 NFL draft pick. Jones started three games at centre and suited up in 14 contests last season for the Vikings. He had signed a one-year extension in April, which included a $90,000 signing bonus.

The 6-foot-2, 312-pound Jones started 13 games for the Giants in 2017. His first career NFL start actually came at left guard in 2016. Jones has earned over $5 million dollars through five NFL seasons, starting 17 of 46 active games.

The 28-year-old Jones originally signed with the Giants in 2015 after winning the Most Outstanding Rookie and Most Outstanding Lineman awards in successive CFL campaigns (2013 and 2014).

It’s possible Jones could play in his first NFL post-season game should the Vikings be able to upset the Saints.