Deadline day is looming for the Vikings and rehabbing wide receiver Greg Childs. The Vikes have until next Monday to either activate Childs, place him on season-ending IR or waive him from the roster.
Childs was drafted in the fourth round in 2012, but saw his career derailed just months later in training camp when he tore the patella tendons in both knees. Childs had already experienced a major physical set-back when, as a college receiver, he tore up a knee. That injury dropped the talented wide out from a first round prospect to a fourth-round flier pick.
The gutty Childs has rehabbed diligently since the double-tear, and a couple weeks ago was able to return to the practice field. This has allowed the Vikings to get a long look at the receiver and now Leslie Frazier and company will have to make a determination on Childs’ future.
“We’ll talk about it at the end of this week,” coach Frazier said Thursday. “See how [Greg] does tomorrow and talk with him and see how he feels and make a decision from there.”
The Vikings would certainly like to get Childs onto the field for the last three games and see if he can give them anything as a receiver. You don’t ever want to give up on a guy you took in the fourth round.
Childs must still be considered a very long-shot to ever make a meaningful contribution to the team, but you have to applaud his grit and determination. He deserves a chance to show it on the field and I hope he’s healthy enough to get that chance. It’s all up to Frazier and his staff now.