Update: The Vikings have confirmed the worst: Greg Childs did indeed tear both patellar tendons. He'll undergo surgery in the next few days. His NFL career might be over at the age of 22.
The official MRI results haven't been made public yet, but if the sources' fears prove true, Minnesota Vikings rookie wide receiver Greg Childs has suffered an extremely damaging and certainly career-threatening injury.
According to Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 Twin Cities, two sources say that Childs might have torn the patellar tendon in each knee during the penultimate play of Saturday night's practice.
Per Pelissero, Childs leaped for a pass and came down hard onto the field, untouched. He immediately began screaming, holding his right knee even though it was his left knee that appeared to slam into the turf. He was eventually carted off.
That is one of the worst injuries I have ever heard of in the NFL. Absolutely brutal. And to an extent, it's not the first time Childs has been in this position. He tore a patellar tendon as a junior at Arkansas in 2010.
There was a report from just a couple of days ago stating that Childs was the favorite to start the first three games of the season in place of the suspended Jerome Simpson. Now, Childs' pro career is in serious doubt, and the Vikings' set of receivers has gotten even thinner. Devin Aromashodu and Michael Jenkins are the next men up on the depth chart. In other words, expect the Vikings to bring someone in to join this group very soon.