Vikings’ Childs says dual injury isn’t deterrent

Greg Childs happily walked through Minnesota’s locker room. It

was a stiff stroll, but the wide receiver walked without

assistance, proudly updating his progress and promising to be back

on the field for 2013 despite a ruptured patellar tendon in each of

his knees that ended his rookie year before it began.

”I like to do things that people think other people can’t do.

I’ve got a strong head,” he said.

Childs appeared in the locker room on Monday during a break

before a rehabilitation session at the team’s practice facility,

making his first public comments since the freak injury a week into

training camp. Childs was drafted out of Arkansas in the fourth

round and placed on injured reserve shortly after he was hurt.

”It kind of hurt my feelings a little bit, but you’ve just got

to push through it,” Childs said with a big smile on his face.

”You’ve got to understand football is a game you’re going to get

hurt in. But it’s how you come back and how you respond when you do

get hurt.”

Childs credited his Christian faith and family support for his

positive attitude.

”I’ll be back on the field next season. So I’ll be back out

there running around doing my thing, making plays,” Childs

said.

He said he’s been walking ”for a while” without crutches or

braces, doing daily strength and range of motion exercises on each

leg.

”It’s a long process, but you’ve just got to be prepared for

it, get your head in the game, have your mind set,” Childs

said.

He politely declined to share more details about his recovery,

like which activities he can currently do and which ones he

can’t.

”I can do a whole bunch of things. I’m just going to keep

behind the scenes and let you all, you know, just kind of find out

slowly,” Childs said, grinning: ”I’m not going to put it out on

tape for y’all right now. I’m doing good, though.”

Childs was hurt when he tried to jump to catch a pass in an

intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 4. He tore the patellar tendon in his

right knee two years ago, an injury that limited his production as

a senior and caused him to fall down the draft board. But Childs

said that history with the same injury has made his rehab work

easier to handle and his outlook more optimistic.

”I already understood what it was going to take for me to get

back on the field and how long it was going to take for me to start

back walking,” Childs said, adding: ”So I had the mindset what I

needed to do.”

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