May 3, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; A Minnesota Vikings helmet sits on the sidelines as players run drills at the Vikings rookie minicamp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
The second you saw the picture of Josh Samuda sprawled on the turf with his ankle bone almost sticking through his skin, you knew it was bad.
On Wednesday, we received confirmation of what the picture already told us: Samuda has a dislocated ankle and the prognosis could be dire.
Samuda was participating in non-contact drills at Winter Park Tuesday morning when he suffered the freak injury. The incident happened to take place on the same morning media was allowed into the facility, so we got some pretty graphic pictures.
Witnesses say Samuda cried out in pain. Teammates had to carry him off the field.
Master Tesfatsion reports in the Star Trib that Samuda will undergo surgery on the ankle on Wednesday, at which time doctors will determine the extent of the damage. There is a broken bone to go with the dislocation.
Samuda is keeping an upbeat attitude through the whole thing. He tweeted on Tuesday:
Samuda originally entered the league as a UDFA with the Dolphins. He was signed by the Vikings to a futures contract earlier this year and would have entered camp competing for a spot on the practice squad.