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Vikings waive Greg Childs

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The self-styled steal of the draft can now be stolen.

Two days after fourth-round wideout Greg Childs suffered a pair of torn patella tendons during a training-camp scrimmage, the Vikings have waived him.  His roster spot has been filled by rookie wideout A.J. Love.

It’s routine practice for any team that wants to send a rookie (or any other player with fewer than four years of service) to injured reserve before the roster is reduced from 90.  The player must first be exposed to waivers.

The Giants learned that lesson the hard way, via the loss of tight end Jake Ballard to the Patriots, that even a guy with a season-ending injury could draw attention if/when he’s waived.

In this case, it could be that the Vikings are secretly hoping someone will take Childs off their hands.  With a torn patella tendon at Arkansas and now a pair of them, there’s a chance they’ll never get anything out of him.

Or maybe the Vikings think no one will bother with a guy who’s at least a year away from making a difference, making them willing to expose him to waivers.

Regardless, Childs is available if anyone wants to carry him on the 90-man roster until rookies can be sent directly to injured reserve without first being waived.

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29 Responses to “Vikings waive Greg Childs”
  1. kernelreefer says: Aug 6, 2012 12:16 PM

    Don’t read too much into it. Precursor to IR.

    The Vikings did the same thing with Nick Taylor; it’s a preliminary step.

  2. Mike Florio says: Aug 6, 2012 12:17 PM

    And the Giants did the same thing with Jake Ballard. And now Ballard is a Patriot.

  3. prplngold4evr says: Aug 6, 2012 12:30 PM

    Unfortunate for Greg and for the Vikings. How do you bounce back from an injury this severe? He’s probably done or at least will be half the player he was/could’ve been. Good luck in your recovery Childs

  4. txtuff says: Aug 6, 2012 12:38 PM

    And this guy was a 4th round pick this year? I don’t see why you can keep him and play with 89 players in camp until the first cut. They must not have liked what they saw before the injury!

  5. norseyapper says: Aug 6, 2012 12:38 PM

    Really too bad. Word was he was showing real talent in camp.

  6. luckynumberlucas says: Aug 6, 2012 12:40 PM

    Just wondering how you can tear BOTH patalla tendons at the same time.

    I wouldn’t surprise me though, I know a guy who ran into a wall with both arms streched out and ended up breaking them both.

  7. purplehayseuss says: Aug 6, 2012 12:49 PM

    It’s a damn shame that he’s hurt so badly. Biz is Biz, risks are risks. Vikes lost Thigpen taking this kind of risk, even without injury.

  8. fargovikesfan says: Aug 6, 2012 12:55 PM

    nobody is going to waste a roster spot on someone with 2 blown out knees that may never recover enough to play. He’ll go on IR and we’ll see how he’s doing this time next year…

  9. stairwayto7 says: Aug 6, 2012 12:58 PM

    wow, another SEC player hurt while playing against the big boys!

  10. beavertonsteve says: Aug 6, 2012 12:59 PM


    Just wondering how you can tear BOTH patalla tendons at the same time.

    See Wendell Davis, Bears 1993

    Both feet got caught in the turf and made a similar twisting attempt to leap for the ball. Both knees destroyed. Career over.

    Pretty sad.

  11. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 6, 2012 1:00 PM

    It took him two years to recover from one torn patellar tendon, and we really weren’t sure that he had completely recovered. How long will it take him to come back from two? Sad to say, but his career is over.

  12. kernelreefer says: Aug 6, 2012 1:06 PM


    Ummmm… you have to let someone clear waivers to put them on IR. It’s in the story. They actually loved what they saw, which is why they would put him on IR instead of cut him out right.

  13. catquick says: Aug 6, 2012 1:12 PM

    He’d sue, but he doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

  14. irishdodger says: Aug 6, 2012 1:17 PM

    There was a WR for the Bears that tore both in a game. I think it was in the mid-to-late 90s but his name escapes me. Bears fans should remember.

  15. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 6, 2012 1:21 PM

    poor kid. he’s still young so don’t count him out forever yet. guys are coming back from injuries much more often now.

  16. deathonwings410 says: Aug 6, 2012 1:27 PM

    Damn tough break for the dude. He was heades for Day before the injury.

  17. safranic03 says: Aug 6, 2012 1:29 PM

    The Browns Gary Baxter tore both ACL’s on the same play.

  18. esoteric951 says: Aug 6, 2012 1:29 PM

    This is such a tragedy, I watched this kid in camp and he looked tremendous and that’s an understatement. I can’t say that im surprised though, I was concerned with his injuries when we decided to draft him. Really can’t help but feel sorry for the guy.

  19. 69finfan says: Aug 6, 2012 1:42 PM

    Tough break for Greg Childs. Wish him well in his recovery. That being said props to AJ Love! Good luck. Bulls power baby.

  20. lmoneyfresh says: Aug 6, 2012 1:43 PM

    @luckynumberlucas – If I remember right, his legs got caught under another player. Still just crap luck either way.

  21. bgsusteelers says: Aug 6, 2012 1:43 PM

    No one is going to claim him. He is at least two years away from fully recovering from that injury, and I doubt he will ever get back to form. His knees are shot, and his career is over. Just ask LeCharles Bentley about playing after that injury, and Bentley only tore one of his. Oh, and this is the second torn patella tendon in one of his knees. Hope he chose a really good major in college.

  22. geauxjay says: Aug 6, 2012 1:49 PM

    I’m surprised that the Vikings fans on here aren’t blaming this on the Saints.

  23. tundey says: Aug 6, 2012 1:56 PM

    I hope he paid attention in college.

  24. playmaker21 says: Aug 6, 2012 1:56 PM

    The sad thing is no one close to Childs will have the heart to tell him it’s over. The kid will go through two surgeries, will rehab to try to get back out on the field, and will basically waste the next 12-18 months of his life. Those close to him need to set him down and say “Greg, there is next to no chance for you to be a professional football player after these injuries. The best thing for you to do post surgery is focus on a basic rehab, finishing your degree (if he hasn’t) and pursuing a career outside of being a pro football player” But they won’t. And the young man will live a lie for the next year or two. This is how these guys end up battling depression. Instead of people being honest with them, those closest to them are feeding the lie and not facing the inevitable. It’s a sad situation for him, but best to be honest and help him transition into it

  25. beavertonsteve says: Aug 6, 2012 2:10 PM

    He needs to talk to Danario Alexander to get a sense of what he next few years will be like.

  26. admiralgeneralaladeen says: Aug 6, 2012 2:12 PM

    He’ll be back. The Vikings have the best medical staff in the NFL. See E.J. Henderson’s case. No one had ever broken a femur and returned to play. Henderson not only made it back the next season, he made the pro bowl that same year. Don’t doubt Eric Sugarman.

  27. schrutebeetfarms says: Aug 6, 2012 2:17 PM

    “I watched this kid in camp and he looked tremendous and that’s an understatement.”

    That may have been in large part due to the secondary.

  28. cleveland1980 says: Aug 6, 2012 3:45 PM

    Gary Baxter tore patella tendon in both knees in 2006…he never played again either.

  29. smackingfools says: Aug 6, 2012 9:32 PM

    This guy was a straight up beast before his first injury in college.

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