EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Greg Childs happily walked through Minnesota's locker room. It was a stiff stroll, but the wide receiver walked without assistance, proudly updating his progress and promising to be back on the field for 2013 despite a ruptured patellar tendon in each of his knees that ended his rookie year before it began.
"I like to do things that people think other people can't do. I've got a strong head," he said.
Childs appeared in the locker room on Monday during a break before a rehabilitation session at the team's practice facility, making his first public comments since the freak injury a week into training camp. Childs was drafted out of Arkansas in the fourth round and placed on injured reserve shortly after he was hurt.
"It kind of hurt my feelings a little bit, but you've just got to push through it," Childs said with a big smile on his face. "You've got to understand football is a game you're going to get hurt in. But it's how you come back and how you respond when you do get hurt."
Childs credited his Christian faith and family support for his positive attitude.
"I'll be back on the field next season. So I'll be back out there running around doing my thing, making plays," Childs said.
He said he's been walking "for a while" without crutches or braces, doing daily strength and range of motion exercises on each leg.
"It's a long process, but you've just got to be prepared for it, get your head in the game, have your mind set," Childs said.