“I’m feeling pretty good.”
Those were the first words Vikings WR
By now you all know the story. In fact, Childs is easily one of the two or three most talked about Vikings in emails I’ve received from fans since the end of the 2012 season. Vikings fans, who are both passionate and compassionate, want to know how their young, 6-3, 217-pound potential playmaker is doing in his recovery from the knee injury.
Wednesday provided the latest and most introspective look yet at Childs’ status. More than providing a timetable for a potential return, Wednesday’s meeting with reporters illuminated the attitude Childs has toward the rehab – an attitude that will not only help the Arkansas product shake the “injury prone” label but also develop into the kind of playmaker the Vikings envisioned when they used a 4th-round pick on him last April.
“You’re going to have good days,” Childs said. “You’ve going to have some days where you come out here and say ‘I feel great.’ Then you’re going to have other days where you aren’t feeling so great. But the thing is, you have to keep pushing through those days to get to your better days, and it starts getting better and better.”
Childs is getting better and better. He said he’s been running for a couple months, and he went on to say that he’s “pretty much able to do all my wide receiver drills as of right now.” Also, Childs says this rehab process is on a more accelerated timetable because of his past experience with this type of injury.
“It’s definitely coming back quicker,” Childs said. “I’ve got a great strength staff here. I’m doing my upper body some days, and the rest of the days I’m doing my lower. I’m doing leg press and things like that. Then I’ll go in with Sug (certified head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman) and them and do my treatment. I come in early every morning, so it’s really a seven-day-a-week type thing, not four, not five.”
While progress is being made, Childs resisted the temptation to make a bold prediction as to when he might return. Instead of focusing on something that is out of reach right now, he’s putting his time and effort behind what’s right in front of him.
“We’re just going to see how I feel when that time comes,” Childs said. “I’m not going to put a time limit on it, I’m not going to put a date and say I’m going to be back mid-season or the first of the season. We’re just going to see how things progress until then.
“I’m always trying to get back on the field as soon as I can. But also when I get back, everyone down here, including myself, wants to make sure I’m 100%. There’s no use in coming back 80 or 90%, that’s not going to really help the team out. And that’s what we’re trying to do right now, get me back on the field so I can really help the team.”
Aside from attitude, another reason Childs is on such a good path is his decision to rehab at the team’s facility in Eden Prairie.
“I stayed up here the entire time,” Child explained. “I’ve gone home maybe a week and a half since I got hurt. The rest of the time I’ve been doing my rehab here with Sug. We have a great training staff…they have me on schedule. We’re taking it slow, but also we’re getting in the most work we can.”