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Updated: August 5th, 2012 10:01am
MRI confirms Greg Childs tore patellar tendons in both knees

MRI confirms Greg Childs tore patellar tendons in both knees

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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An MRI has confirmed the news the Minnesota Vikings feared:

Receiver Greg Childs tore the patellar tendons in both knees on Saturday night, ending his rookie season before it begins.

Two NFL sources said late Saturday night the Vikings feared he'd suffered a significant injury to both knees, which were swollen after he crashed to the turf untouched while diving for a pass in practice and immediately screamed in pain.

The Vikings released a statement early Sunday morning confirming Childs tore both patellar tendons and he'll have surgery soon.

Only days ago, Childs had pronounced himself healthy from the patellar tendon tear he suffered as a junior at the University of Arkansas in 2010, as well as the calf strain he suffered in May's rookie minicamp.

A fourth-round draft pick, Childs signed a four-year deal in May that included a $300,584 bonus. He now faces a lengthy recovery that could affect his ability to contribute in 2013 as well.

The Vikings had hoped Childs would come on strong enough in camp to earn the starting job at split end during Jerome Simpson's three-game suspension to start the season.

Now, they'll have to look elsewhere. Michael Jenkins, Devin Aromashodu and Emmanuel Arceneaux also have been taking practice reps at the position.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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