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08-04-2006, 04:37 AM
Versatile rookie CB hurts knee

Jerry Holt , Star Tribune

MANKATO - Rookie free agent Charles Gordon, who was developing into an early surprise of Vikings training camp, suffered what appeared to be a significant injury to his left knee during Thursday afternoon's practice.

Gordon, a cornerback/punt returner out of Kansas, pulled up during a 7-on-7 pass drill and was taken off the field on a cart. The Vikings did not provide a diagnosis, but trainers were flexing Gordon's left knee.

Gordon was a three-way threat with the Jayhawks -- playing receiver and cornerback and returning kicks. Special teams coach Paul Ferraro said earlier Thursday the team planned to use him as a punt returner during the preseason.

During an eventful performance Wednesday, Gordon intercepted a Tarvaris Jackson pass and forced rookie fullback Steven Jackson to fumble after a crushing hit. Veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield was impressed and believed Gordon was on his way to making the team.

"That kid can play," Winfield said. "It seems like every chance he has to make on the ball, he's making one. Somebody coached him well."

08-04-2006, 04:39 AM
CRAP!!!! I was counting on him to make the team!!!!

08-04-2006, 04:41 AM
that sux so was I Cajun

08-04-2006, 04:54 AM
Hopefully it's not that serious - I thought he was lookin pretty good so far. I was hoping he could make the team kinda like Dovonte Edwards and Laroni Gallishaw did last year.

But if it is serious, couldn't they just put him on the IR, and bring him back next year with no worries about roster spots? I'm not an expert on the rules, but I'm pretty sure they can do that.

Mr. Purple
08-04-2006, 05:01 AM
Tough loss, you wish you could go threw training camp injury free, but in reality its a injury filled job.I hope its not serious and he isnt gone for to long.

08-04-2006, 05:06 AM
That sucks! I hope that we suffer no further injuries of any magnitude.

08-04-2006, 05:15 AM
"whackthepack" wrote:

That sucks! I hope that we suffer no further injuries of any magnitude.

No kidding...but it seems like every year we suffer a handful... like most teams

08-04-2006, 05:23 AM
Here's to that being the last injury for the Vikings all year! :occasion5: :occasion5: :occasion5: :occasion5: :occasion5:

(And if we have to have one more injury, hopefully it'll be either Mike Rosenthal, or Mike McMahon). :lol:

08-04-2006, 07:17 AM
"canadian_vikes_fan" wrote:

Here's to that being the last injury for the Vikings all year! :occasion5: :occasion5: :occasion5: :occasion5: :occasion5:

(And if we have to have one more injury, hopefully it'll be either Mike Rosenthal, or Mike McMahon). :lol:

Hey now. Whether you like it or not, they are Vikes and should be cheered for, not jeered at.

08-04-2006, 07:19 AM
man, i was wondering who this young kid was that made those plays wednesday... i couldnt see the name on the back of his jersey from either of the angles..

now that i know who it was, i can honestly say... that kid can play, what a loss - a young hopeful out this early before we could see what he really has come preseason

08-04-2006, 07:27 AM
He'll hopefully be back soon, and the cart was just precautionary.

08-04-2006, 12:21 PM
Gordon injures knee during Vikings camp

J-W Staff Reports

Friday, August 4, 2006

Mankato, Minn. — Former Kansas University defensive back Charles Gordon, now with the Minnesota Vikings, was carted off the field after injuring his left knee during practice on Thursday.

According to the Associated Press, Gordon, who was having a stellar camp after signing with the Vikings as a rookie free agent out of Kansas University, was injured in the afternoon session.

He appeared to be in significant pain, but Vikings coaches and trainers did not release information on the severity of the injury.

Gordon played three seasons at KU as a wide receiver, return specialist and cornerback before skipping his senior season to enter the NFL Draft.

He wasn’t selected in the seven-round draft in April, but immediately signed with the Vikings. He’s been competing for a cornerback and return-specialist spot on Minnesota’s roster.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune said Vikings coach Brad Childress isn’t scheduled to talk to the media until today, so no word on Gordon was released.

The Vikings will have a scrimmage against the Kansas City Chiefs today in Mankato.

Gordon’s former teammate at Kansas, linebacker Nick Reid, is competing for a roster spot for the Chiefs.

Gordon injures knee during Vikings camp (http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/aug/04/gordon_injures_knee_during_vikings_camp/)

08-04-2006, 12:25 PM
Sounds like a torn ACL.. Hopefully that is wrong, and it is something less serious.. We need all the weapons on both sides going into the season..