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Greg Childs expresses confidence he will return for the 2013 season

Greg Childs expresses confidence he will return for the 2013 season

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Just over two months after tearing the patella tendons in both knees during a training camp practice, Greg Childs walked into the Minnesota Vikings locker room with a smile on his face.

The wide receiver, a fourth-round pick last April out of Arkansas, is nowhere near to returning to game action but he is making progress in his recovery from a double injury that would have made many players look for a new line of employment.

Instead, Childs said he was set to head to the Vikings' indoor practice field to do some work.

"You all just caught me. I come in everyday and do work," Childs said. "(I'm) kind of laying behind the scenes, but I'm in here every day. I'm down here every day doing work, rehab, doing all types of stuff. ...

"I've been walking for a while. No braces, no nothing, coming in every day, getting the leg stronger, range of motion, working out, lifting weights, all that. It's a long process, but you've just got to be prepared for it, get your head in the game, have your mind set."

Childs, whom the Vikings like because of his 6-foot-3, 217-pound frame, is no stranger to issues with his patella tendon.

He tore his right patella tendon in October 2010 and missed time over the next two seasons because of the injury. He was optimistic those problems were behind him before he suffered the devastating double injury.

Childs was injured on Aug. 4 during a Saturday night practice when he crashed to the turf untouched while diving for a pass.

"It kind of hurt my feelings a little bit," Childs said. "But you've just got to push through it. You've got to understand football is a game you're going to get hurt. But it's how you come back and how you respond when you do get hurt, when things go bad for you."

Despite the severity of the injury, Childs expects to be back on the field next season.

He said he can already "do a whole bunch of things," although he declined to get into specifics.

"I'm just going to keep behind the scenes and let you all, you know, just kind of find out slowly," he said. "I'm not going to put it out on tape for you all right now. I'm doing good though. I know I've got a lot of people asking me, they hit me on Twitter like, 'Are you doing OK? Are you back walking, and this and that?' So, I'm doing good. Things are coming along just as (they) should."

And as for the odds, which would seem stacked against Childs?

"I like to do things that people think other people can't do," he said. "I've got a strong head. You can ask any of the players in here, I come in here attitude good every day and in here trying to get right, trying to get back on the field. I'm going to do everything I can to step back on the field for next season."

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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