Vikings rookie Greg Childs likely out for year with two knee injuries
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Greg Childs screamed in pain as he hit the ground and left the field on a cart after suffering what two NFL sources said late Saturday night were believed to be significant injuries to both of his knees, likely ending his season.
Results of an MRI were not available as of midnight, hours after the rookie receiver was injured on the penultimate play of the Minnesota Vikings' annual night practice at Blakeslee Stadium.
But sources said Childs' knees were swollen and the worst-case scenario was he might have ligament damage in addition to tearing both of his patellar tendons -- the same injury he suffered to one of his knees as a junior at the University of Arkansas in 2010.
Childs was leaping for a deep ball thrown by McLeod Bethel-Thompson when he hit the ground hard and untouched, with cornerback Corey Gatewood trailing the play. His left knee appeared to take the brunt of the impact, but he initially grabbed his right knee as he rolled to his side.
Lying near the front corner of the end zone, Childs immediately began screaming and four members of the Vikings' medical staff, including head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman, rushed to his side. He eventually was lifted onto a cart and left the field, raising a hand briefly to acknowledge fans yelling to him from the stands.
Coach Leslie Frazier said he had no information after practice, which ended one play after Childs' injury.
"You just hate to see any player go down for any reason," Frazier said. "Greg has struggled with injuries, as we all know, coming out of college. But hopefully, things will work out and it's nothing serious."
A fourth-round draft pick, Childs missed much of the offseason after straining a calf in the rookie minicamp. But he'd flashed some of his potential in camp earlier this week -- most notably, making a sensational catch around cornerback Brandon Burton's head on Thursday.
If healthy, Childs was expected to be in the mix to start at split end while Jerome Simpson serves his three-game suspension.
"Tough," quarterback Christian Ponder said. "I don't know what happened, but obviously, he was holding his knee. So, that's never a good thing. It's unfortunate. We saw some of those plays that he made a couple days ago."