Vikings' Greenway out for season with knee injury

Updated: August 15, 2006, 9:14 PM ET news services

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings rookie linebacker Chad Greenway will miss the 2006 season after injuring his left knee in Monday night's preseason game against the Raiders.

Greenway, the team's first-round draft pick from Iowa who is the second-string weakside linebacker behind E.J. Henderson, was covering a kickoff in the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders. He broke through the wedge, but got hurt and limped off the field.

The team did not specify what type of knee injury Greenway suffered.

"The toughest part in this business is dealing with the injuries and this is no different," Vikings coach Brad Childress said in a statement. "It's unfortunate because Chad improved during our minicamps, OTA's and training camp. He did a pretty good job in the plays he was in there for last night and made a big tackle on special teams. Chad will evaluate his options the upcoming weeks and we are confident he will be completely healthy for the 2007 season. Chad will have the full time to rehab."

Reached on his cell phone, Greenway declined to talk about his condition.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.