Elliott Breaks Leg, Gone For '04

St. John's wide receiver Blake Elliott was viewed as a longshot underdog to make the Vikings after coming out of Division III, but that challenge ended Friday in a strange practice accident that left Elliott with a broken leg and the likelihood of being placed on injured reserve.

Blake Elliott came to the Vikings in what some thought might have been a publicity ploy. Accepting less money than he was offered by the Ravens, Elliott -- a member of the Division III champion St. John's (Minn.) Johnnies -- was viewed as too thin and too slow to be an NFL receiver despite being the Division III player of the year in 2003.

It was expected that Elliott would be a focus during training camp, as he would compete with receivers like Keenan Howry for the last wide receiver roster spot. That all changed with a freak accident Friday at practice.

As the Vikings concluded the first week of three weeks of developmental camp, the team was participating in a light contact drill. Elliott got his legs tangled up with safety Willie Offord and fell awkwardly. Offord fell on top of Elliott and it was clear immediately that something was very wrong.

X-rays revealed that Elliott broke his left fibula above the ankle. He is scheduled to have surgery today and is likely to have at least two screws put in to stabilize the ankle.

He will likely be put on injured reserve next week.

Elliott was the first serious injury of the Vikings minicamp and developmental camp.

The team's developmental camp resumes Monday.

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