After suffering a pretty nasty injury in the Minnesota Vikings' regular season finale, tight end Rhett Ellison says that he expects to be 100% ready when the team reports for Training Camp on 28 July.
Ellison tore his patellar tendon on 3 January at Lambeau Field in the Vikings' 20-13, NFC North-clinching victory, and wound up missing the team's playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. The injury is generally thought to have a six-month rehab period, which Ellison would be just past by the time everyone's supposed to get to Mankato.
After the 2015 season, Ellison briefly hit free agency, and rumors started to swirl that he would be going elsewhere after a FaceBook message that his father posted saying that his son's time in Minnesota was done. However, the two sides eventually came to a one-year, $1.85 million agreement after all was said and done.
Ellison is a very versatile piece for the Vikings, as he is capable of lining up both in-line as a tight end and as a fullback. If he's ready to go, the tight end situation for the Vikings could be an interesting one, with Ellison competing with Kyle Rudolph, second-year man MyCole Pruitt, and sixth-round choice David Morgan.
It certainly sounds like Ellison has put in the work to rehab his injury this offseason. In a little more than a month, we'll be able to see how much it's paid off for him.