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Ellison’s Knee Injury to Require Six Month Recovery

After celebrating their NFC North Division title victory over the Green Bay Packers last evening, the Vikings were brought back down to earth by some discouraging news today. Minnesota tight end Rhett Ellison tore the patellar tendon in his right knee against the Packers and will not be able to participate in any Vikings postseason games in this season.

Not only is Ellison unavailable to play for Minnesota in this year’s playoffs, his injury will require surgery and a recovery time of at least six months. Tough time for Ellison to have this type of injury, considering how well he played during the regular season.

Not known as a big stats guy (11 catches this year), Ellison was productive for the Vikings in 2015 in ways that likely went unnoticed to the casual football viewer. His excellent blocking ability in Minnesota’s rushing attack helped propel Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to capture his third career NFL rushing title this season.

Finding a way to run against the Seahawks (NFL’s top run defense in 2015) in next Sunday’s first round playoff matchup just became even harder for Minnesota with the loss of Ellison. Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner may have to dust off his old bag of tricks in order for Minnesota to have a chance of a successful rushing attack against Seattle next weekend.

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Adam Patrick

Adam has been rooting for the Vikings ever since he saw Randall Cunningham win NFC Special Teams Player of the week in 1997. Since his career sports highlights include 3rd place at 5th Grade Golf Camp and catching a ball during a soccer game (he was not playing goalie), Adam turned to writing. He considers himself a 'Vikings Realist' as he does not shy away from criticizing the purple and gold if necessary. He will not always write about the popular topics, but his goal is to provide readers with content they cannot find anywhere else. Follow him on Twitter @Str8_Cash_Homey

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  1. He’s tanned, rested and ready ……..
    ……..time to make the call


    Ideal scenario. The Vikings play the Steelers in the Super Bowl. Dugan, blocking downfield on a long run by Peterson, knocks down both Steelers safeties AND the back judge while Adrian scores the game winning TD

  2. Its a huge loss for the team and I feel bad for Ellison who will now hit unrestricted free agency nursing an injury that until very recently was known to be a career ender. Hopefully he can recover and return to the Vikes next year. Thats a tough pill to swallow on what was otherwise a great night for this franchise.

  3. Maybe he can don Ragnar’s old costume (not the modern Cheesehead version) and cheer for us from the sidelines…..

    1. …but all joking aside, I hope and pray he will be with the Vikings for many years to come

  4. Anyone know if Chase Ford might be available with the Ravens’ season being over?