Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway has become something of a polarizing figure, largely because some people still rate him based on reputation and how well he used to play. Greenway was once one of the league’s best and most consistent LBs, but age and wear-and-tear have caught up to the 31-year-old, who is now a fairly mediocre player at best. That said, he does fill a key leadership role with the team and is locked in as a starter, though he will be on the weak side with run-stuffer Jasper Brinkley or the intriguing Audie Cole battling to start in the middle.
ESPN NFL Nation’s Ben Goessling reports that Greenway had an MRI done on his wrist, but the veteran’s injury “doesn’t sound like a major issue” to the beat writer. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer stated that Greenway’s wrist isn’t broken, so it’s good to hear that he’s dealing with a minor issue. We don’t know the exact severity of the ailment, but I think it’s safe to say he’ll be out there in Week 1 until further notice.
Last season, Greenway racked up 134 tackles, but that was actually the lowest total of his in the past four seasons, as he once put up 152 tackles in 2011. In his seven-year career, he has missed triple-digit tackles just once, notching 99 in 2009. His best days are behind him, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by solely looking at the stat sheet (mostly because his biggest issues are in coverage despite his three INTs on paper). It’s great to hear he’s healthy, though, because he’s easy to root for and a significant injury would be a tough blow to the Vikings depth at the position.