MANKATO — Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson was in court in Houston, Texas, Monday but not much was accomplished. He was there to face a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge stemming from an alleged altercation in a Houston night club earlier this summer but the hearing was postponed.
The pretrail hearing, which was originally scheduled for July 13 and then moved to Aug. 6, has been moved back again to Sept. 17 and Nov. 15.
Attorney Rusty Hardin said prosecutors convinced the judge they need more time to review evidence and conduct interviews concerning the case. Judge Natalie Fleming is scheduled to here the case when it comes back up.
Childs injury serious
When rookie wide receiver Greg Childs ruptured the patellar tendons in both knees on Saturday night it was only the second time that has happened on the same play in NFL history. The first time it was Bears receiver Wendell Davis in 1993.
Davis, it should be noted, never played another down in the NFL He was eventually cut by the Bears and tried to latch on with Indianapolis but was let go there, as well.
“We don’t know what the long-term prognosis is but we are all hoping for the best,” head coach Leslie Frazier said of Childs. “He was distraught as you would expect. (But) he really feels he’s going to be able to bounce back from this.”
Childs was scheduled to undergo surgery Monday. Frazier said the receiver vowed to be back, the same way he came back from a patellar tendon injury in college.
“That is a great attitude under the circumstances,” Frazier said.
Robinson shows up
Rookie cornerback Josh Robinson, this year’s third-round draft choice, did some 11-on-11 work Monday afternoon and was able to reach in and bat a pass away from a receiver in the left flat.
Robinson was whistled for pass interference by the officials on the play but just the fact that he was able to get in there and mix it up was encouraging to the coaching staff. Robinson had been pretty much sidelined by a stretched hamstring since the first day of training camp.
Don’t blink on Gerhart
If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of Vikings running back Toby Gerhart in Friday’s preseason game at San Francisco, you better not miss the beginning. Frazier said Gerhart will have limited reps in that game and implied he might not get a lot of carries at all during the preseason.
Gerhart is projected to be the team’s starting running back until Adrian Peterson gets close to 100 percent recovered from his Achilles tendon surgery.
It’s obvious the Vikings’ coaching staff is placing a lot of emphasis on Friday’s game. They view it as an excellent evaluation tool where a lot of players will get a chance to separate themselves — positively or negatively — from their peers.
Vikings’ special teams coordinator Mike Priefer indicated Monday that he hopes to have Marcus Sherels, Jarius Wright and Bryan Walters all return kickoffs and/or punts on Friday against the 49ers. He said he also hopes Robinson can also return a kick but that will depend on how fully recovered he is from his hamstring issues.
Offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz is scheduled to have surgery on his sports hernia Tuesday. He could be out as long as 12 weeks and could be a candidate to go on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list at the start of the season.
Undrafted free agent receiver Kamar Jorden from Bowling Green did not suit up in full pads Monday afternoon. He had his right hand bandaged up to his wrist.