Greenway returns to Vikings, but thoughts stay with ailing father

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 20, 2012 - 8:42 AM

The linebacker returned to the team for minicamp after missing OTAs while his father battles leukemia.

Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway took part in minicamp on Tuesday.

Chad Greenway was back at linebacker for the start of the Vikings' mandatory minicamp Tuesday. But his heart was somewhere else.

Greenway's father, Alan, is at the Mayo Clinic. Diagnosed with leukemia in May, he is dealing with complications related to the treatment of the disease. While the leukemia itself is in remission, Alan Greenway's condition is still extremely serious.

"There is always hope," Chad Greenway said. "We're holding out hope that things can come around."

Greenway missed some organized team activity sessions to be with his father, who was at home at the family's South Dakota farm for a while before returning to the Mayo Clinic.

"In a situation like this, you want to be able to spend as much time as you can with your family," Greenway said. "[But] at a certain point you realize you have to go back to work and get yourself prepared for what you have to do. My siblings, we've sort of set up a schedule, and we're hoping this is going to be a long process. You never know. Obviously we'll have to rely on the good Lord for that."

For Greenway, the one blessing of the situation has been the time he's been able to spend with his father.

"I've seen my dad more than I have probably in the last three, four years," he said. "This is what I do," he said. "A lot of people have things going on in their lives. I just wanted to be here, and to [go] through it, be a part of it."

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• The only player not in attendance at minicamp was defensive back Eric Frampton, who was ill. He could return Wednesday. The camp ends Thursday.

• Linebacker Jasper Brinkley was held out of action because of an issue with his surgically repaired hip. He said it was not a major problem and that he might return to practice by the time minicamp ends.

• Coach Leslie Frazier said he and his staff have discussed contingency plans should running back Adrian Peterson not be ready at the start of the season, but he still expects Peterson, coming back from knee surgery, to be in uniform Sept. 9 against Jacksonville. "So far he's on pace with everything the doctors asked him to do," Frazier said. "We're optimistic that things are still on course for him to play in that home opener."

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