Ending speculation that circulated over the last few days, the Minnesota Vikings announced that they have signed free-agent wide receiver Javon Walker.
He joins a team desperate for help at the position with Sidney Rice expected to be sidelined for at least the first half of the season while he recovers from hip surgery. Percy Harvin cannot be counted on in the longterm right now considering he’s missed the bulk of training camp with recurring migraine issues.
So, enter Walker, who started his career in spectacular fashion when teamed with Brett Favre in Green Bay. Walker was last productive in the NFL in 2006, though, and there are lingering questions about his health as well as his relationship with Dr. Anthony Galea, the Canadian being investigated for smuggling HGH into the United States to treat, among others, high-profile athletes.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune dug up a delicious nugget that first appeared in the New York Times. Walker had cartilage replacement surgery on his knee in March 2009 in Jerusalem. Why choose a place halfway around the world? Well, the surgery Walker had is not approved in the U.S. or Canada, according to Walker in the New York Times article. The surgeon for that procedure? Galea.
It will be interesting to see if the Vikings can squeeze anything out of Walker. They’re in a real jam right now and trading for San Diego’s Vincent Jackson wouldn’t even solve the immediate issue because he’s suspended for the first three weeks of the season.
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