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Vikings wide receiver Greg Childs

Brian Peterson, Star Tribune

Rookie receiver Childs hurts knee late in scrimmage

  • August 4, 2012 - 11:13 PM

MANKATO - Things were going well in Saturday night's light-hitting, controlled Vikings scrimmage until rookie receiver Greg Childs went down clutching his right knee, the same knee in which Childs suffered a torn patellar tendon in during his junior season at Arkansas.

Childs was injured on a pass into the left corner of the end zone at Blakeslee Stadium. He was quickly tended to by Vikings head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman before being taken off the field on a cart. The extent of the injury was to be determined during further examination Saturday night.

"I don't have any information at this point of exactly what happened and what his state is," coach Leslie Frazier said. "You hate to see any player go down for any injury. And Greg has struggled with injuries, as we all know, as he was coming out of college. Hopefully things will work out and it's nothing serious."

Childs fell to the Vikings in the fourth round of this year's draft (134th overall) in part because of the knee injury his junior season. He was injured during the eighth game that season and didn't fully recover during a senior season in which he caught only 21 passes for 240 yards and no touchdowns. As a junior, he was limited to 46 catches for 659 yards and six touchdowns.

The Vikings are banking on Childs returning to health and becoming at least a red-zone weapon because of his size (6-3, 217), athleticism and ball skills. He is having a good camp and has put himself in position to be one of the team's top four receivers.

MARK CRAIG And DAN WIEDERER

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