EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway is scheduled to have microscopic knee surgery Tuesday to alleviate some “tension” in his knee, coach Leslie Frazier announced Tuesday.
Greenway, one of the team’s defensive leaders, was among several big-name players missing from Minnesota’s organized team activities, and Frazier said after practice that the Pro Bowl linebacker will have clean-up surgery and is expected back for training camp at the end of July.
“He won’t miss any training camp or anything like that,” Frazier said. “Just wanted to get it done now rather than run into a situation where we get to camp and it continues to bother him, and we’d have some issues we’d have to deal with there.”
Greenway, who has been to the Pro Bowl the past two seasons, has led the Vikings in tackles each of the past five seasons. He had been participating in the voluntary OTAs when the knee started to act up.
“Just some tenderness in the knee and we ended up doing an MRI and saw some things that we thought we needed to go in and clean up,” Frazier said. “That’s what we’re going to do; have the scope to get it done.”
MVP running back Adrian Peterson was held out of Tuesday’s practice, which was open to the media, though Frazier said it was strictly a coach’s decision and Peterson wasn’t dealing with any injury. Peterson said he was training inside the building. Greg Jennings was also absent.
Defensive end Jared Allen was a spectator for part of the practice as he continues rehab from shoulder and knee surgeries. Cornerback Jacob Lacey is out after having surgery to fix a dislocated thumb and was wearing a full sling while watching practice. Michael Mauti was working with athletic trainers on the side during practice.
Center John Sullivan (knee surgery), linebacker Nathan Williams (ankle), and Darius Eubanks (hamstring) were also missing from practice.