Rookie receiver Greg Childs appeared to suffer a knee injury on the second-to-last play of the…
WR Childs tore patellar tendons in both knees
The injury happened on the second-from-last play during Saturday's night intrasquad scrimmage in Blakeslee Field in Mankato. The play was a long bomb from quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson. Childs leaped to catch the pass with defensive back Corey Gatewood behind him. Both players jumped – Childs to catch it and Gatewood attempting to deflect it. Childs came down in a strange position, his right leg hitting the ground first and buckling and his left knee taking the full load of his weight when came down.
The 2012 fourth-round draft pick will have surgery in the coming days and is expected to be placed on season-ending injured reserve. He was expected to have a contributing role in the team's receiving corps, especially given the three-game suspension for receiver Jerome Simpson to start the season.
It's not the first time Childs has suffered a torn patellar tendon.
He was viewed as one of the top wide receivers in the country entering his junior season at Arkansas, but tore the patellar tendon in his right knee and missed the rest of the season. Once viewed as a first-round pick, he struggled in his return to the Razorbacks in 2011 and, given his lackluster season, he dropped all the way to the fourth round and the Vikings. He also missed out on a lot of the offseason workout program after suffering a calf strain during the rookie minicamp in May.
"You hate to see any player go down for any reason," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said after Saturday's scrimmage, before the severity of the injury had been diagnosed. Frazier was also a victim of a career-ending knee injury during the Bears' Super Bowl win over New England at the end of the 1985 season. "Greg has struggled with injury, as we all know, coming out of college."
Tim Yotter is the publisher of Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.
VikingUpdate.com Recommended Stories
Sullivan weighs seriousness of concussions
John Sullivan has suffered five concussions in his seven-year career, but he doesn’t believe his future is “in doubt.” He weighs the severity of the concussions against the number of them.Read More
Notebook: Vikings CB Robinson questionable
Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson didn’t practice Friday after rolling his ankle Thursday and is listed as questionable. And there could be a change in the works for the offensive line.Read More
Rudolph: Post-bye return is logical
Kyle Rudolph moved to conditioning on land this week and continues his comeback from sports hernia surgery.Read More
Week 8: Super Sleepers
Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Jeb Gorham digs in his list of rankings to find the best sleepers for deeper formats. Consider giving these players a chance, but be aware of the risk! Tampa Bay…Read More
Watch: Sailfish Goes Psycho!
Check out this classic video of Dan Larson battling an acrobatic sailfish on a trip to the world-famous Tropic Star Lodge in Panama.Read More