Rehab progressing, but Greg Childs not ready to talk return date
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings receiver Greg Childs still isn't putting any timeline on his return from tearing the patellar tendons in both his knees.
But Childs showed off his progress on Wednesday, running sprints as part of a rehabilitation workout in plain view of reporters while teammates went through conditioning drills in the Winter Park fieldhouse.
"I'm doing a lot of cutting, some jumping, some sprinting," Childs said afterwards. "All the necessary things I need to be doing, I'm doing now."
Childs, 23, suffered the injuries when he crashed to the turf untouched on Aug. 4, while diving for a pass inside Blakeslee Stadium. He underwent surgery and was on crutches for some time, beginning a rehabilitation process he said had him running again a couple of months ago.
He admitted on Wednesday he's not close to 100% healthy but repeatedly listed off the drills (sprints, cone drills, feet work, catching balls off the JUGS machine) and routes (slants, posts, drags) he's able to complete a little less than nine months after the injury.
"I still do my cuts and my runs full speed. There is no change in the way I run or the way I play. My routes are still the same," Childs said.
"I'm still cutting the same way I cut -- because it doesn't make sense to go out there and kind of just be cautious about it, because you ain't going to play your game right. You've just got to go out there, just do your rehab, work hard, get everything strengthened up, let stuff heal and then you can go out there and play 100 percent."
Childs suffered the same injury in his right knee in October 2010 at the University of Arkansas and admittedly wasn't himself the following season, contributing to his slide to the Vikings in the fourth round (134th overall) of the 2012 draft.
According to Childs, Vikings team physician Dr. Joel Boyd "did something a little different than I had done the first time, which basically tightens it up and strengthens my knee. So, I'm not really worried about this happening again."
He's focusing on strengthening his quadriceps muscles and insists he won't rush to get back, even with a receiver depth chart that has grown deeper with the additions of veteran Greg Jennings and first-round draft pick Cordarrelle Patterson.
"There's no sense coming back 80, 90 percent," Childs said. "That's not going to really help the team out. That's what we're trying to do right now -- just get me back on the field so I can really help the team."
Asked if he'll be ready for training camp, Childs said, "We're just going to see how I feel when that time comes. I'm not going to put a time limit on it. I ain't going to put no date and say I'm going to be back midseason or the first of the season."
He did say he feels the rehab is coming along more quickly than the last time he suffered the injury. And he doesn't expect major fanfare whenever he does get back on the practice field.
"I'm just going to walk out there like I always do, you know what I'm saying?" Childs said. "Walk out there talking to all my teammates, smiling, and putting in work. Just tell them, like, this is what happens when you put in the work and just stay focused."