Canadian offensive lineman Brett Jones re-elevated to Minnesota Vikings’ active roster

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The Minnesota Vikings have re-elevated Canadian offensive lineman Brett Jones to the 53-man active roster, according to St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter Chris Tomasson.

Jones has played in eight of the Vikings nine games this season as a backup along the offensive line that has helped Dalvin Cook produce the most rushing yards (954) and rushing touchdowns (12) in the NFL through 10 weeks while averaging 5.5 yards per carry.

He suited up in two games last season and started three contests at centre in 2018 for Minnesota. The six-foot-two, 312-pounder has played in 54 career NFL games through five seasons, starting 17. The 29-year-old has earned over $6 million USD through his NFL career so far.

The Weyburn, Sask. native played for the University of Regina where he was an All-Canadian offensive lineman for the Rams. The Calgary Stampeders selected Jones in the second round, 16th overall during the 2013 CFL draft.

After winning the Most Outstanding Rookie and Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman awards in successive CFL campaigns — 2013 and 2014 — Jones inked his initial NFL contract with the New York Giants. The Vikings acquired Jones in a trade during August 2018 with New York in exchange for a 2019 NFL draft pick.

Minnesota has won three straight games to sit at 4-5 through nine contests in the eighth and final playoff spot in the NFC.