Instead, two patellar tendon tears landed him on the IR during his rookie season and now have him headed for the reserve/PUP list as the 2013 NFL season looms just around the corner.
Considering his Tuesday placement on the Vikings’ PUP list, it’s starting to seem like Childs might not ever make an impact in Minnesota. If he continues at this pace, the former Razorback might not even see the field before his football career comes to a close.
The injury history started at Arkansas, where Childs initially tore his right patellar tendon during his junior season. He bounced back and enjoyed a decent senior season, but fell to the fourth due in large part to his injury concerns.
Childs was on track to be a significant part of the Vikings’ passing attack in 2012 before he suffered the dual patellar tear during training camp, bringing what looked to be a promising season to an unfortunate end. While Childs watched from the sideline, his college teammate and fellow 2012 fourth-round pick, Jarius Wright, enjoyed a breakout year for the Vikings.
The PUP list designation means that Childs must sit out at least the first six games of the 2013 campaign. Even after those six games pass, it’s still unclear if he’ll be able to return to the field for the Vikings. He was unable to participate during training camp, instead performing agility drills on side fields while continuing his rehab.
If he still can’t return by this season, Childs could be facing the end of his NFL career before it ever really begins. The Vikings are holding out hope, but sometimes severe knee injuries are just too much to overcome.
For now, the waiting game drags on.