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Greenway to go under the knife

chad-greenwayA recent article written by ESPN correspondent Tom Pelissero says that Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway will undergo arthroscopic surgery for a previously unknown knee issue on Wednesday.

The article also quotes Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier  as saying “He won’t miss any training camp or anything like that,” Frazier said after Tuesday’s open organized team activity practice at Winter Park.

“Just wanted to get it done right now, rather than run into a situation where we get to camp and it continued to bother him and we had some issues we’d have to deal with that there.”

According to a source informed of the injury, Greenway had some residual fraying of the meniscus in the knee. It’s expected to be an easy cleanup job, and recovery should take only a few weeks.

Greenway, 30, never appeared on the injury report last season while leading the team in tackles (191, including 121 solo) for the fifth consecutive season.

He practiced during the open OTAs the past two weeks, but Frazier said he had been feeling “a little tension” and “some tenderness” in the knee.

“We ended up doing an MRI and saw some things in there we thought we needed to go in and clean up,” Frazier said. “That’s what we’re going to do, have a scope to get it done.”

In Greenway’s absence, Larry Dean worked at strongside linebacker with the starting defense, alongside Erin Henderson and Marvin Mitchell, who played in the nickel.

The article also stated that Halfback Adrian Peterson also missed Tuesday’s practice. But Frazier said that was strictly a coach’s decision, and Peterson said he expected to practice on Wednesday.

Another notable absentee was newly signed former Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings absent this because of a personal issue, Frazier said, but should return for next week’s mandatory three-day minicamp.

Also sitting out were: center John Sullivan (knee), cornerback Jacob Lacey (thumb), receiver Greg Childs (knees), end Jared Allen (shoulder/knee), safety Darius Eubanks (hamstring), linebacker Nathan Williams (ankle) and linebacker Michael Mauti (knee).

Lacey, who underwent surgery last week after dislocating the thumb, watched practice with his left arm in a sling. Childs, who is coming off bilateral patellar tendon tears, ran routes and caught passes on the side after practice.


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2 Responses to “Greenway to go under the knife”

  1. purplereign57 says:

    I’m very glad to hear that #52 will be back soon enough to play when it matters. Beyond him, and MAYBE Erin Henderson, our linebacking corps is a great big question mark. Marvin Mitchell (doubt it), Larry Dean (who is he??…doubt it), Gerald Hodges (a big maybe…plus he’s a rookie), BUT, from what I’ve read about him, there MIGHT be a possibility that he ends up a starter. Michael Mauti…( heard he was a real bruiser, but the big ol’ knee history makes me give him a grade of C or D).I’d like to think I’m wrong on that one, just because of what I’ve read about his abilities.Take a look at the above scenario. Does our linebacking corps have some holes or what? I’m just really wary of this part of the defense. Minnesota is going to have to get some serious pressure on the opposing QB, rattle him…sack him…get some batted balls, and the secondary is going to need to get some INT’s. If the defensive progression doesn’t work out this way (or something very similar to it), then, considering the still largely unknown fate of the Viking QB, and whether he and the offensive unit can put some impressive numbers on the scoreboard, AND finally considering the sheer brutality of the schedule coming up on them hard, I very tentatively predict that the Vikings are toast, and we’re looking at a 6-10, 7-9, or 8-8 season. Don’t go hatin’ ’cause I bleed purple too. I just don’t like looking at that intimidating (to underestimate it) schedule, and believe that the Viking’s can come out of all of those tough ass games with enough wins to compile a playoff caliber record. That’s just the way I see it…nothing more, nothing less…just one Viking fans’ opinion.

  2. coach B says:

    Great to hear from you Reign. Hodges could surprise at the SAM linebacker spot. He’s quick and drops his hips smoothly in coverage. The team is hoping he can be a three down backer.
    As for Mauti, if he’s healthy, he’s a steal. He slid in the draft because of legitimate concerns about both knees. Word out of camp is that he is ahead of schedule but the team is being cautious and for good reason. There is a possibility that the team may eventually place him on the IR to give him an entire year to completely heal and see how he does next summer. The team can afford to wait on him because if he can ever get healthy he’s a legitimate starting middle linebacker.

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