Childs has surgery: Vikings rookie WR Greg Childs tore both patella tendons in each of his knees during Saturday night’s practice. On Monday, Childs underwent surgery to repair the torn ligaments.
Though distraught, Childs had a clear message for Frazier shortly after the injury: “Coach, I’ll be back.”
Childs is no stranger to a patella tendon tear, though. During his junior year of college at Arkansas, Childs tore his right patella tendon. He noted that on the field he was slowed upon returning his senior season, but with upside, the Vikings took Childs in the fourth round.
The Vikings also placed Childs on injury waivers.
All rookies and non-vested veterans must clear injury waivers before going to IR before cuts begin. So, another team could claim Childs, but that’s a long shot given the nature of his injury.
To take Childs’ roster spot, the Vikings re-signed A.J. Love. The Vikings will keep their eye on potential wide receivers they can add to their roster, but no, I don’t think one of their options includes Terrell Owens.
Coach Leslie Frazier told reporters Monday that “I don’t anticipate us doing anything different than what we did a week ago with him.”
That also means AP will miss the Vikings first pre-season game on Friday, which is totally acceptable. I would assume the goal is to get AP some reps in at least one game, if he will be ready for week one of the regular season.
Frazier also said the Vikings will re-evaluate Peterson’s situation following their game versus the 49ers on Friday.
Peterson was also not at practice today because he was suppose to have a court date in Houston following his arrest for resisting arrest (that just sounds awkward). However, AP’s court date was once again pushed back. He will now need to report to court in Houston on September 27th and November 15th.
Simpson speaks out on Ponder versus Dalton: New Vikings WR Jerome Simpson was a member of the Cincinnati Bengals last year and his quarterback was rookie Andy Dalton. Simpson now joins the Vikings with Ponder, who was also a rookie last year. However, there isn’t much to debate, because Simpson isn’t getting involved in that.
“Andy actually texted me a picture [last week] of a little kid wearing my Bengals jersey at their camp. He wished me well … I’m not going to compare Christian to Andy. He’s going to make his own name. But I can tell you this about Andy: what made him so solid last season was that he was calm. He was very calm in every situation. We’d call him the Red Robin. If we were down, he came to the huddle with a level head and had a way about him of not getting out of the realm of being a leader. Christian has his own way of leading. I’ll tell you, man. I love the confidence in Christian. He’s given us that presence that we need in a quarterback. And you can hear the confidence in his voice when he talks and calls that play in the huddle. You know, it’s always ‘Hey, we’re going to make a play here.’ I think that’s going to be big in his development.”
Simpson had a breakout season in 2011 with Dalton at QB. Hopefully, as both rookies are now second year starters, Simpson will develop good chemistry with Ponder, like he had with Dalton.