Greg Childs Will Remain on PUP For Rest Of 2013


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

Will we ever see Greg Childs on the field for the Vikings? It won’t happen in 2013, that’s for sure. The Vikings on Monday made their deadline decision on the receiver. They elected to leave him on the PUP list for the rest of the season, ending any shot he had at making a return in 2013.

Really, it was a long-shot for Childs to ever get on the field this year. He fought as hard as anyone could fight to come back from his 2012 double patella tendon blow-out, but that’s just not the kind of injury you recover from in a year. Maybe Adrian Peterson could do it, but not a mere mortal like Childs.

So what does the future hold for the Vikings and Childs? It would be tough to give up on a guy after you used a fourth round pick on him. At the same time, roster spots are precious. You have to weigh everything in making a decision. I think you definitely give Childs a chance to make the team in camp next year, but he has to make a legitimate run at winning a roster spot. You can’t handle him with kid gloves.

It’s nice that Childs has fought hard. He deserves a chance to prove himself. I hope he gets out there next year healthy enough to give it a go. Maybe he can lock down a fifth receiver spot and become a decent possession receiver. He can’t have much downfield speed left after all the knee problems.

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