Greg Childs says he's still on track: 'It's just about not rushing it'
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- As Jared Allen rehabbed his shoulder for two months in Hawaii this offseason, Minnesota Vikings' receiver Greg Childs was in snowy Minnesota, rehabbing seven days a week to recover from torn patellar tendons in both of his knees.
Childs, 23, sat out last season and said his methodical recovery process is the best medicine to remedy the Aug. 6 surgery.
"I had to let everybody know," Childs said. "I'm not just up here playing in the snow, because I don't like the cold. People are talking about Monday through Friday workouts -- I'm like, Sunday to Sunday."
Childs sat out Tuesday's organized team activity practice, as he has the entire offseason. But afterwards, he caught passes from the Vikings' quarterbacks for the first time in front of reporters.
He even had enough gas left after his post-practice session to dunk a ball over a field-goal crossbar before leaving the field.
"I've been cutting like that for a good little while now," Childs said. "I'm taking it day by day. I feel good, but at the same time, the Minnesota Vikings aren't rushing me. That's why I'm doing so well now."
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier praised Childs' work ethic, but didn't say whether or not he would be ready for training camp -- keeping with the team's guarded approach to the timeline.
"I've got my fingers crossed, hoping that'll happen, waiting on (head athletic trainer) Eric Sugarman and our medical staff to give us the green light," Frazier said. "That would be my hope. We'll see what happens. I'm not sure what direction it'll go."
Childs said he's ahead of his recovery schedule and near 100%. But he said he's not eager to put pads on, because he already knows what he can do.
"It hasn't even been a year yet since I got hurt," Childs said. "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 breaks, stick to the schedule. No sense in breaking it now."