MANKATO, Minn. — For the second time in his career, wide receiver Greg Childs will have to recover from a torn patellar tendon.
However, Childs will have to do it for both knees after tearing the tendon in each at the end of the Minnesota Vikings’ Saturday night practice.
On Monday, the Vikings waived Childs and will place him on injured reserve once he clears waivers, according to the Pioneer Press. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier told the newspaper that the team does not know the long-term prognosis for Childs yet.
According to the Pioneer Press, Childs told Frazier: “I’ll be back.”
The Warren native went up to catch a pass in the back of the end zone on the second-to-last play, according to the Pioneer Press and Minneapolis Star Tribune. Both reported the ball was thrown slightly behind Childs and he came down awkwardly.
Childs was then taken off the field on a cart.
On Sunday, the Vikings revealed that Childs had torn the patellar tendon in both knees and was scheduled to have surgery on Monday. According to the Star Tribune, there was no other ligament damage to Childs’ knees.
Childs tore the tendon in his right knee during his junior year for Arkansas. It is the same knee he grabbed on Saturday night.
He caught 46 passes for 659 yards and six touchdowns through eight games for the Razorbacks in 2010 before the injury. Childs came back during his senior year, but later admitted it was too soon. He was limited to 21 receptions for 240 yards and no touchdowns.
But the 6-foot-3 wide receiver was taken in the fourth round by the Vikings.
Childs was hampered by a calf strain during the Vikings’ rookie mini-camp and was limited through organized team activities.