Greg Childs' comeback attempt is expected to take a major step forward at Wednesday's practice.
That is when Childs will practice for the first time with the Vikings since tearing the patellar tendon in both of his knees on Aug. 11, 2012.
"It's time for me to take the next step on my journey…Back on the field with my Teammates Wed…If you want something go get it. #blessed," Childs tweeted a couple hours after head coach Leslie Frazier said that was the expectation.
Childs remains on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and likely will for at least this week, enabling the Vikings to take a look at his progress in practice while not having to use a roster spot while evaluating him. Once he begins practicing, the team has a 21-day evaluation period to make a decision on his status for the rest of the season.
The Vikings had to make that decision on whether or not Childs would begin practicing this week, having a period from the conclusion of the sixth weekend of the NFL schedule to a day after the conclusion of the 11th weekend. The end point of that window is Tuesday.
Childs has been going through the rehab process for well over a year now, more recently pushing a weighted sled the width of the field behind the end line at the Vikings' practice facility while those on the active roster were out on the field practicing.
"I'm very anxious. I ain't practiced and played in a while, so I'm hungry," Childs told Viking Update in October. "I feel like I ain't ate in a long time. I'm pretty hungry right now. But when I get a chance to practice, we'll take it from there."
The Vikings' 2012 fourth-round draft choice is now more than 15 months removed from surgery to repair his patellar tendons, the result of a training camp injury in his rookie season. He has been committed to his rehabilitation and focused on becoming the first player to suffer the injury in both of his knees and return to play in a NFL game.
"I'm very confident in everything I do. So once I step back on the field and start practicing, we'll just take it from there," Childs said in October. "… When they put me on PUP to start the season, (general manager Rick Spielman) came up and talked to me, saying it was the best thing to do right now. That's all we tried to do. If I'm ready, I'm ready."
When Childs tore both his patellar tendons on Aug. 11, 2012, landing awkwardly at Vikings training camp, there was concern he may never play again. It was the second time that had happened to his right knee after suffering the injury while playing at Arkansas.
In August, Childs was running hills and said there wasn't anything he couldn't do. The Vikings were hoping he would be able to participate in training camp, but he continued to do his rehabilitation on the side fields and indoors as the Vikings practiced in Mankato.
Now they have three weeks to make a decision – either he is placed on the active roster, supplanting another player, or he could end up back on injured reserve, ending his chance at a comeback this year.
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