We didn’t know it at the time because he’s such a strong, stoical warrior-type, but Chad Greenway had to battle through a big chunk of last season with a painful wrist injury that began as a sprain and then became a break.
Greenway managed to play in all 16 last year in spite of the bad wrist, testament to his toughness and to Leslie Frazier’s stubborn unwillingness to sit a guy down for his own good as well.
The Vikings and Greenway were hoping that with an offseason of rest the wrist problem would be gone for good, but it’s not going to be that easy for Greenway evidently.
Wednesday Mike Zimmer gave Greenway the day off because, yes, Greenway is again dealing with a bad wrist.
An MRI was done on the wrist and doctors determined that the issue is not serious. Nevertheless, Zimmer opted for the cautious approach and let the veteran rest.
Greenway is in line to be the Vikings’ starter at Will linebacker when the season kicks off Sept. 7, so naturally they want to keep him healthy.
The nagging nature of the wrist problem still has to be somewhat concerning despite the seemingly positive results of the MRI. Playing football against other professional football players is not going to do the wrist any favors.
The bad wrist seems like something Greenway will be fighting through for a long time to come. Probably the rest of his career, however long it lasts.