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Vikings confirm two torn patellar tendons for Greg Childs


The outlook for this season didn’t look good for Vikings rookie wide receiver Greg Childs after he had to be carted off the practice field on Saturday, and now we know for sure that it isn’t good.

The Vikings announced Sunday that Childs has torn the patellar tendons in each of his knees. He is expected to have surgery in the next few days and will miss the entire season as a result of the injury.

The injury comes just as buzz about Childs filling in as a starter for Jerome Simpson in the early weeks of the was starting to build. Now the Vikings may have to turn to Stephen Burton, Michael Jenkins, or someone currently outside the organization to run opposite Percy Harvin.

It’s the second time that Childs has dealt with this diagnosis. He tore the patellar tendon in his right knee at Arkansas in 2010, an injury Childs feels hindered him in 2011 and contributed to his drop to the fourth round of the draft.

If there’s another slow recovery this time around (assuming there is a full recovery as former Browns cornerback Gary Baxter never made it back from his dual torn patellar tendons), Childs is going to have a hard time carving out a role for himself in the Vikings offense. Two lost seasons in three years and a long injury history isn’t a particularly good formula for getting a career off to a rousing start.

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21 Responses to “Vikings confirm two torn patellar tendons for Greg Childs”
  1. webofbelief says: Aug 5, 2012 11:37 AM

    Time to call T.O.

  2. toes110 says: Aug 5, 2012 11:40 AM

    Damn, I really had high hopes for this kid.. Hopefully he can recover and still have a future in the NFL…

  3. crazybeardedjack says: Aug 5, 2012 11:42 AM

    Two words Vikes: Terrell Owens

  4. prplpuzzetrz says: Aug 5, 2012 11:53 AM

    Every year, there is one kid On the squad that gives me hope & excitement that he will be a huge steal! This kid was it for 2012. What an absolute fckn bummer for child’s! I sure hope he could rebound from this! Get well Greg! Tons of Viking fans are pulling for u!

  5. craggt says: Aug 5, 2012 11:54 AM

    How do you tear both at once?

  6. muskiehunter21 says: Aug 5, 2012 11:56 AM

    Time to call Plaxico

  7. thevikes14 says: Aug 5, 2012 11:56 AM


  8. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Aug 5, 2012 12:06 PM

    I’d rather see Childs play with 2 torn tendons than have the migraine that comes with T.O.

  9. purple4reak says: Aug 5, 2012 12:07 PM

    Great start to the next cursed season for the Vikes. Best of luck in your recovery Greg.

  10. dobberdubinsky says: Aug 5, 2012 12:08 PM


  11. beedubyatoo says: Aug 5, 2012 12:11 PM

    The Packers are loaded at wide receiver and will have to cut some very good players who can play in the NFL.

    I’m sure the Vikes will be queing up for somemore Packers’ cast offs for their roster.

  12. admiralgeneralaladeen says: Aug 5, 2012 12:21 PM

    Can we for one second stop worrying about who his replacement is? Christ his NFL career is likely over before it even started and all of you only care about calling another WR.

  13. nflofficeadmin says: Aug 5, 2012 12:25 PM

    Fully blown. #IR

  14. kingcarlbanks says: Aug 5, 2012 1:15 PM

    That sucks. Gotta feel bad for the kid. Good luck in recovery..

  15. catquick says: Aug 5, 2012 1:32 PM

    The worse part is he can’t even walk with crutches. Both legs! What kind of shape could he possibly be in even if they do heal perfectly. It will take another six months before he gets his NFL necessary cardio strength back. Don’t know who he is, but you gotta feel for him. Thank goodness he’ll still get some pay.

  16. jimmysee says: Aug 5, 2012 4:10 PM

    So basically what you’re telling us is that when Harvin is out with a migraine that the Vikings will have NO starting wide receivers!

  17. mediasloppy says: Aug 5, 2012 5:04 PM

    I hope his College teammate Jarius Wright will be able to step up along with Simpson and a few TE’s

    I feel awful for this guy and hope he can play again or just not have long lasting effects as he gets older…

  18. mattolikesthevikes says: Aug 5, 2012 6:36 PM

    If we go for TO I’m just gonna cry. McNabb part 2. It doesn’t work.

  19. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 5, 2012 10:09 PM

    People had high hopes for him and it’s really too bad that he’ll probably never be able to play at a high level in the NFL because of this, but there are 12 wide receivers on the roster right now. They weren’t counting on him to be a starter. The last thing they need is some washed up veteran like TO or Plax. It just means they aren’t going to have a surprisingly good player with their fourth-round pick.

  20. andymc58 says: Aug 6, 2012 12:51 AM

    I guess the Vikes will have to do the same thing the razorbacks did when it happened. Play Jarious Wright. That worked out pretty well.

  21. burnz1379 says: Aug 6, 2012 8:21 AM

    and the vikings wonderful draft record continues….

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