A former Minnesota Vikings’ draft choice who never got his NFL career off the ground due to unfortunate circumstances is going to make another attempt at a comeback in this year’s Spring League.
Greg Childs, a wide receiver that the Vikings selected in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, is going to be a part of the developmental/scouting program that will run from 28 March to 13 April, according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.
In the 2012 Draft, the Vikings drafted both Childs and his Arkansas teammate, Jarius Wright, in the fourth round. The two of them had been on the same team going all the way back to elementary school, which presented a unique opportunity for them to do the same in the NFL. Childs fell to the Vikings in the fourth round due largely to injury concerns, as he had knee issues during his time with the Razorbacks.
Things appeared to be going well for Childs in camp in 2012 until the team’s big scrimmage at Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato. In that scrimmage, on the final play, Childs attempted to go up for a catch against Brandon Burton and managed to tear both of his patellar tendons at the same time. Childs went on injured reserve shortly thereafter, missing the 2012 season, and spent the 2013 season on the Physically Unable to Perform List.
The Vikings ultimately released Childs in March of 2014, and he wound up turning his attention north to Canada. He did not make the Toronto Argonauts’ roster in 2014, and was in camp with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2015 when he suffered an Achilles injury that halted his comeback attempt again.
The injury bug has really slammed Greg Childs pretty hard over the course of the last few years, and the odds of him getting back into the game appear to be pretty long. But, with the work he’s put in during his attempts to come back, it’s hard not to root for him to get there this time. Hopefully he can stay healthy long enough to finally get his opportunity.