Well, these training camp injuries are really starting to sour my mood.
In the span of a couple of days, some potential important contributors to the 2012 Minnesota Vikings have gone down with serious injuries.
Geoff Schwartz looks like he will be out a month - at least - with a hernia. And rookie wideout Greg Childs has suffered what some are saying are injuries to both his knees that will put him on the shelf for 2012.
The Schwartz injury is not ideal, but at least the Vikings have options. Brandon Fusco was getting first team reps at right guard anyway and Joe Berger can fill in there as well.
Childs is another matter. Jerome Simpson is the Vikings de facto deep threat at wide receiver, but he's suspended for the first three games. Childs' height (he's 6'3), long arms, leaping ability and deceptive speed made him an intriguing option to serve in that role while Simpson is out. Plus, Simpson is only signed for one year and he could sign elsewhere in 2013 if he has a successful 2012. Childs, meanwhile, is under the Vikings control for the next four years and if he turns out to be good the Vikings have that goodness for four seasons (and at a cheap price). I wonder if this could even end Childs' pro career before it's started. Major injuries to both knees? I'm sure it's happened, but I've never heard of it. Just not a good week for the Vikings on the injury front.
Hilliard vs. Todman
The Vikings coaching staff watches these guys everyday, so you have to give them the benefit of the doubt, still I furrow my brow when I read a guy is the favorite to win the number three running back job because he plays special teams well.
Overall, Lex Hilliard doesn't seem to do anything that wows you. But he's a veteran, he's been through the NFL wars, and he's a good special teams player. Jordan Todman - who is fighting Hilliard for the number three running back spot - has great speed, he's just not much of a special teams guy right now.
For a team that was as offensively challenged as the Vikings were in 2011, I'd prefer to give the player with the ability to make big plays a roster spot over a player who is just there. Todman seems like he has a little Darren Sproules in him, whereas Lex Hilliard is, well, Lex Hilliard.