This is not what you want to see. Greg Childs is an incredibly talented player who caught 48 passes for 897 yards and 7 touchdowns as a sophomore at Arkansas in 2009 and 46 catches for 659 yards and 6 touchdowns in just 8 games in 2010, before tearing his right patellar tendon. Childs struggled mightily in 2011, seeing limited action as he attempted to work his way back from that injury, catching just 21 passes for 240 yards and not scoring.
However, he worked his way back during the offseason before the draft, putting on strong individual workouts both on private visits and at his Pro Day. He ran a 4.48 40 at 6-3 219, showing off his immense athleticism and upside and convinced the receiver needy Vikings to take a chance on him in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft, still at least a 2 round drop from where he would have been if fully healthy.
The Vikings looked like they had a steal with him as he dominated in offseason workouts with the team and had himself in position to begin the season as a starter, with Jerome Simpson starting the year with a 3 game suspension. However, Childs went down with an apparent leg injury today during practice and is expected to be out for the season as the team fears he not only re-tore his right patellar tendon, but also tore his left patellar tendon. Needless to say, it’s a career threatening injury and a sad story for a talented player who may never get a chance to show his abilities in the NFL.
In his absence, veteran Michael Jenkins, once a candidate to be cut because of his 2.5 million dollar salary, becomes the favorite to start in Simpson’s absence opposite Percy Harvin. Also in the mix is 2011 7th round pick Stephen Burton, who has had a strong offseason, mediocre veteran Devin Aromashodu, and even their other 4th round rookie receiver, Jarius Wright, a former teammate of Childs’ at Arkansas. They may add another receiver through free agency or trade.