Leslie Frazier Hopes Greg Childs Will Be Ready for Camp


May 4, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Childs (85) watches another player as part of a drill at rookie camp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Childs update time. The receiver, who blew out both patella tendons in training camp last year, is still rehabbing the heck out of it. The former Arkansas star is still not able to participate in OTAs with his teammates but he is far enough along in his process to run routes and cut and catch passes on the side. Childs showed off his progress earlier this week for reporters, punctuating the session with a goal post dunk.

Sounds like Childs is coming along nicely, but does this mean we will see him in Mankato? Not so fast. Leslie Frazier sounds optimistic that Childs will be ready for camp but he’s not prepared to make any promises.

“I’ve got my fingers crossed, hoping that’ll happen, waiting on Eric Sugarman and our medical staff to give us the green light,” Frazier told reporters. “That would be my hope. We’ll see what happens. I’m not sure what direction it’ll go.”

Childs himself took the same cautious tack, saying, “I hasn’t even been a year yet since I got hurt. It’s just about not rushing it, not getting too excited because I can do all these things. They’ve been telling me to pump the brakes, stick to the schedule. No sense in breaking it now.”

How dedicated is Childs to his rehab? He spent the entire winter in Minnesota working out even though, in his own words, “I don’t like the cold.” That’s commitment right there. This guy is the anti-Culpepper.

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