February 22, 2011 in Sports

Career receiving leader Vijil returns to Shock

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Raul Vijil, the Spokane Shock’s all-time leader in receiving yards, receptions and touchdowns, has been added to the Arena Football League team’s roster, the Shock announced Tuesday.

Vijil suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament last year that forced him to miss the last five games of the regular season and the postseason. Until the injury, he was off to a career-best start with 82 receptions for 1,083 yards and 33 TDs.

Vijil has 421 career receptions for 4,952 yards and 131 TDs.

“Raul has been such an important part of this organization we are so happy to have him back,” Shock head coach Rob Keefe said. “He had a tremendous season and continued that in the offseason with his rehab.”

The Shock also added wide receiver Adron Tennell and released wide receiver Lonnell DeWalt and quarterback Andy Collins.

Tennell (6-foot-4, 199 pounds) had 40 receptions for 505 yards and five TDs with the University of Oklahoma. Last season, he signed a free-agent contract with the New Orleans Saints and was released in training camp.

Spokane opens the season March 11 at San Jose, Calif.

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