Well if you were wondering why ‘injuries’ is plural in the headline, it’s not a mistake. Rookie wide receiver Greg Childs is out for the season with patellar tendon tears in both of his knees. This of course is bad news all around for Childs and the Minnesota Vikings.
The injury occurred late in a scrimmage Saturday night on a pass to the end zone, on the second to last play of the game.
The truth is that Greg Childs probably wouldn’t even be a member of the Vikings, he if hadn’t suffered the same injury in college. He was limited in his final season with the Arkansas Razorbacks, with the tear in his right knee. Without the injury he would easily have gone in the second or third round.
Minnesota took a gamble on Childs in this year’s draft, and at this time they have lost. They were betting the injury was a one time thing, that had fully healed. However it seems that Childs is a guy with a predisposition for knee problems.
Now I’m not saying his career is over. With his talent and modern medicine, I won’t be surprised if he makes a full recovery and is back at camp in the same position next year. It’s just that if he does make back, injuries seem likely to be a reoccurring theme.
Childs was considered to be a favorite to start week one for the Vikings, as the team waits on the return of their No.2 receiver Jerome Simpson from suspension.
Hopefully, surgery will permanently fix the patellar tendon problems that have plagued Childs, and he gets one more chance to show that he’s the potential star everyone thinks he can be.
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