Greg Childs’ college career was derailed by a tear to his right patella tendon. This didn’t bother the Vikings who drafted him in the fourth round this year in hopes that he might get himself back on track and develop into a reliable outside receiver possibly in the Michael Jenkins mold. Unfortunately the injury bug has come back to bite Greg Childs again, this time even worse.
Childs went down during Saturday night’s scrimmage with apparent injuries to both knees. An MRI will be needed to confirm but it appears Childs has torn both patella tendons, an injury which would obviously sideline him for a very long time if not end his career. The scene at the practice field was pretty grim, with reports saying Childs screamed out in pain when he went down.
Very very tough development for Childs who fought to come back from the first injury and now will have to do it all over again but with both legs. I’m rooting for him but I can’t see how he will ever come back to have a productive NFL career. His knees obviously just can’t take the stress.
From the Vikings’ side of things, this should not be a huge set-back. Childs was already no better than 5th on the depth chart at receiver and didn’t figure to move up much despite showing some flashes of talent in camp. Losing him helps Devin Aromashodu and Michael Jenkins who will both probably now stick (though one of them will still be a candidate to be cut when Jerome Simpson returns from his suspension). Stephen Burton is also in the mix behind the mortal locks Simpson, Percy Harvin and Jarius Wright. Kamar Jorden, Kerry Taylor and Manny Arceneaux are in there too.