Last year was not the easiest of seasons for Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway. He dealt with multiple injuries throughout the season forcing him to have to sit out games and dealt with the death of his father on Dec. 19, just two days before the Vikings played the Miami Dolphins.
Greenway decided to play in that game, but it did not go the way he wanted. Before the first half ended he injured his medial collateral ligament.
“I just wanted to go out there and play and be around the guys and lead the group,” Greenway said in an interview on KFAN Tuesday. “And honestly that was great, but right before the first half ended just pop in the knee and I haven’t had issues with knees in a long time.”
As most Vikings fans will remember, Greenway was the Vikings’ first-round draft choice in 2006 and tore his anterior cruciate ligament on the opening kickoff in the first preseason game. Since then Greenway has been able to stay relatively healthy, playing through various injuries, including a broken wrist in 2013.
“I’ve just played through so many different things, and the ribs early in the year, it’s like, man, I haven’t missed a game in seven-plus years and then you miss four in one year,” Greenway said. “Now all of a sudden you’re injury-prone of course. It’s just the way the year ended up for me was kind of tough, and I can honestly say for the first time in my career I was happy the year was over.”
There is a lot of speculation on what Greenway’s future with the Vikings will hold. He realizes he is nearing the end of his career and he is hopeful that he will get to end it with the very team that drafted him.
That might require him to reduce his salary-cap hit of $8.8 million in 2015, the last year on his current contract.
“I’m not too stubborn to sit here and say I need this or I’m moving on,” Greenway said. “I get it, but also sitting and looking at my position like I want to do it for one more year. I mean, I’ve been here for nine so I might as well finish as a Viking.
“So I think there’s enough want to on both sides to make it happen and I hope it happens,” he said. “I hope it happens in the next couple weeks.”
Greenway discusses injury, Vikings future
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