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Knee not slowing Greenway at camp
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Chad Greenway's June knee surgery shouldn't threaten his consecutive games played streak that runs 96 games.

The Minnesota Vikings' eighth-year linebacker hasn't even missed practice.


Tuesday, the Vikings' fourth day of training camp, Greenway occasionally stretched his knee early during the team's walk-through practice that lasted about an hour at Minnesota State University-Mankato's football field. Later in the day, he was a full participant in the team's full-padded practice. He even took on the NFL's Most Valuable Player in running back Adrian Peterson during one-on-one blocking drills.

"It really has reacted really well," Greenway said, referring to his June 12 arthroscopic knee scope that rinses away and cleans fluid out of the joint. "I haven't had any pain or swelling. I've been able to go through everything in practice, and I actually think it's going to continue to get stronger."

Greenway's surgery last month was at least the third time the 30-year-old has had his left knee operated on. In 2010, the same knee was scoped. In 2006 when he was a rookie, he tore the anterior cruciate legitimate on his first play in his first preseason game.

One of Greenway's primary objectives during training camp will be to gain trust in his knee and make sure it's healthy for the Vikings' first regular-season game, which is Sept. 8 at Detroit against the Lions.

"Early on, I'm just trying to get my feet under me after that little surgery I had," Greenway said. "I'm feeling pretty good and have been able to do pretty much everything."

Last year, Greenway finished the season second in the NFL with 148 tackles and led the Vikings in tackles for the fifth straight season. He had three sacks, four passes defended, two fumble recoveries and an interception. He was also named to the Pro Bowl for the second straight year and earned Associated Press second-team all-pro honors.

Greenway will presumably play in his 100th consecutive game on Sept. 29, when the Vikings host the Pittsburgh Steelers at noon at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis.

"Chad is doing a great job," said Vikings linebackers coach Mike Singletary, a former linebacker great for the Chicago Bears. "He has a tremendous work ethic and he's a great guy to work with. He's always trying to get better and he's always thinking about the team, and when you have a player with that attitude, you've got something special."