Childs tore the patella tendons in both knees Saturday, and had surgery on both Monday. (And the idea of both knees blowing up simultaneously makes me cringe to type it).
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Childs was determined when he talked to him after the surgery.
“He was distraught, as you would expect,” Frazier said, via Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “It’s hard. But he really had a frame of mind . . . where he really feels he’s going to be able to bounce back from this.
“That was his attitude and the words that he shared with me. ‘Coach, I’ll be back. I’ll do just like I did before. . . . I’ll be back to help the Vikings.’”
Having that kind of bravery is impressive, but he’ll break ground if he does so.
Frazier said that Vikings head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman told him his staff could only come up with one precedent of a player tearing both patella tendons. That was former Bears wideout Wendell Davis, who had the injury in 1993 on the artificial turf at Veterans Stadium. He had been the Bears leading receiver the previous three years, and attempted a comeback in 1995, but never played again. He’s now the receivers coach at Columbia University.
Childs also tore his right patella tendon as a junior at Arkansas, making it that much harder for him to come back. Medical and rehab technology is much better now than when Davis tried to come back, so there’s a chance for Childs, as slim as it may appear.