Greenway Focusing on Rehabbing Knee

Linebacker Chad Greenway has had an injury similar to the one he suffered Monday night, and he's focused on preparing mentally and physically for next year. Plus, get notes from Wednesday morning's practice.

Three plays. That's how long Chad Greenway's season lasted as the rookie linebacker tore the ACL in his left knee early in Monday's preseason game against Oakland. But he's been through this before, and he's already focusing on his rehab.

"In a situation like this, you have to find any positives you can," he said.

Greenway injured his knee while covering a kickoff, running into the wedge and stepping awkwardly.

"It's not something I can control," he said. "It's not like I did something wrong."

Greenway suffered a similar injury to his right knee during his freshman season at Iowa, and he said it took 4-1/2 months to fully rehab after surgery. He plans on staying around the team, learning as much as he can even if he can no longer take it to the practice field.

"I don't want to be a rookie again next year," he said.

Second-year linebacker Heath Farwell filled in for Greenway on Monday and made a team-high nine tackles. The Vikings had six players who looked like linebackers in for a tryout Wednesday.


Second-year running back Ciatrick Fason has moved ahead of Mewelde Moore on the depth chart, and Fason was also doing some kick returns on Wednesday.

"I'm still doing what I've been doing all training camp," Fason said. "I have to play every day like I'm the starter."

Fason had seven carries for 15 yards in the preseason opener. Moore missed Wednesday's practice and showed up later with a large bandage around his left knee.


In addition to Moore, receiver Kevin Kasper and linebacker Marcus
Lawrence both missed practice. Kasper, who had a strong game as a kick returner, averaging more than 35 yards per carry, suffered a high ankle sprain, and Lawrence injured his knee. All three players spent the morning practice getting treated in the pool.

Cornerback Dovonte Edwards suffered a right leg injury during one-on-one passing drills, but after sitting out for about 15 minutes, he returned to practice.


In a drill with the first-team defense against the first-team offense, cornerback Fred Smoot stepped in front of a Brad Johnson pass for an interception that would have resulted in a touchdown.

Receivers Chris Jones and Jason Carter each made long catches in individual drills.

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