The Vikings place WR Greg Childs on the reserve/physically unable to perform list Tuesday, bringing their roster to the league-mandated 75 players about eight hours in advance of the deadline.
Childs tore both of his patellar tendons in training camp last year and hasn't practiced since. He spent last season, and this offseason, training camp and preseason rehabilitating his surgically repaired knees.
Childs, a 2012 fourth-round pick out of Arkansas, also missed games in 2010 and 2011 after tearing the patellar tendon in his right knee in college.
He was running hills last week at practice, but his designation on the PUP list means he will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season. The Vikings will then have a three-week window to make a decision on his roster status.
When Childs tore both his patellar tendons on Aug. 11, 2012, landing awkwardly at Vikings training camp, there was concern he may never play again. It was the second time that had happened to his right knee. But he gave an encouraging report after a workout in June.
"There's nothing I can't do right now. I could do everything I was doing before, better than I was doing before, right now," Childs said. "But it's just not rushing it, not getting too excited because I do all those things. They've been telling me to pump the brakes because I get out here and I'm like, ‘Man, let me do this. I want to do that. I'm ready to do that.' They're just like, ‘No, no, no. Stick to the schedule because you see how it's been progressing, how things have been working out good for you, so there's no sense in breaking it now. So that's what we've been doing now. We've been sticking to our plan."
Head coach Leslie Frazier said in June he was hoping Childs would be able to participate in training camp, but when training camp opened on July 25, Childs was placed on the training camp PUP list. With that designation, he could have been activated at any time. However, now that he is on the reserve/PUP list, he will have to wait until at least October. But the fact that the Vikings didn't release him or place him on season-ending injured reserve could be viewed as an encouraging sign.
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Vikings place WR Childs on PUP
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