The extent of the injury suffered by the eight-year veteran defensive tackle from Utah was not clear at first report. After the injury, Elliss was examined by team doctors and it was confirmed today by team president Matt Millen that Elliss pectoral was indeed torn.
"We brought him in and checked him, we ran all the tests," said team president Matt Millen to the DetroitFree Press. "It'll restrict him but he should be ready to go for the season; we'll just have to bring him along a little slower early."
This is the latest in a string of injuries that have hampered the veteran tackle. Last season Elliss suffered through his second consecutive subpar season after suffering a severe elbow injury. Detroit briefly entertained thoughts of releasing Elliss and moving defensive end Robert Porcher back to his original position of defensive tackle, but instead re-negotiated Elliss' contract and welcomed him back into the fold.
If the veteran is unable to go by the start of the regular season, Detroit could re-visit that scenario.