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Luke Hagen / Forum News Service, Published June 14 2013

Vikings' Greenway hopes for productive return from knee surgery

MITCHELL, S.D. – When Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday, it was the second time he’s had the operation and at least his fourth surgical knee procedure.

Greenway, 30, a Mount Vernon, S.D., native, told Forum News Service on Friday the first time he had the knee scoped was in 2010. This week’s surgery was the third time his left knee has been operated on since entering the NFL, dating back to his rookie season when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a preseason game. His right knee was operated on in college.

“Rarely do people go through a career and go unscathed and not have a surgery,” Greenway said. “... For me, it’s something that’s come up, and I don’t look at it any different and it won’t take away from my play. If anything, it will make it better and make me more active.

“I look forward to just getting this rehab through and getting back to normal.”

On Tuesday, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier told reporters at organized team activities in Winter Park that Greenway felt tenderness in his knee and the linebacker needed to have it scoped, a microscopic surgery to rinse away or clean any fluid out of the joint.

Greenway said he did not have any problems with the knee coming off a season in which the Vikings made the playoffs after a 10-6 regular season and lost in the first round of the playoffs.

“It sort of started up in the first week of OTAs,” he said of the origination of the discomfort, referring to organized team activities. “I kind of moved funny on it and when I felt it, the trainers thought it would be a good idea for us to look at it. When they looked at it, they thought it would be a good idea to clean some stuff out. They called it a ‘spring cleaning’ like it was going to be easy.”

Greenway had arguably the best season of his career last year, recording 148 tackles, which was second-best in the NFL. He also had three sacks, four passes defended and an interception. He was named to the Pro Bowl for the second straight year.

Wednesday’s surgery was successful, and he doesn’t expect any setbacks, Greenway said. The recovery period is two to four weeks, with a maximum of six weeks if any problems arise.

Greenway is expected to return healthy for training camp, which starts in late July in Mankato, Minn.

“No two surgeries or two situations are ever the same as maybe the ones you’ve had before,” Greenway said. “I knew it was going to be very similar to the last time, and really coming off a knee scope before, it was really the best I’d felt in a long time after that.

“I’m hoping this again is the same situation. I’m just ready to have a great season and make people forget about it soon. I don’t anticipate any problems.”

Hagen is the sports editor for the Mitchell Daily Republic