About the last thing the Minnesota Vikings needed in addition to their third loss in four games, was a key injury. Well that’s exactly happened when Percy Harvin badly sprained his ankle.
The star receiver was on crutches earlier in the week, and was seen on Thursday with a very noticeable limp. Harvin even admitted that he is a long-shot to play this Sunday against the Detroit Lions. All reports on his condition seem to echo that same thought. However, Harvin is determined to give it shot Sunday.
Head coach Leslie Frazier had this to say on the situation:
“We’ll see him tomorrow (Friday) and make that determination – is he well enough to go out and play without putting himself in harm’s way?”
Frazier also made it clear that the Vikings wouldn’t hold him out if he is able to go, as some have speculated about resting him heading into the team’s bye week.
‘So you’re tellin’ me there’s a chance!?’
The reality is that Vikings’ fans must be cautiously optimistic about Harvin playing Sunday against Detroit, but at this point I do expect him to give it a go. I highly doubt he’ll be effective if he does play, but it just seems like he’s set on being out there. I’ll bet at minimum he’ll at least go through warm-ups and see how he feels.
At the same time it doesn’t seem like the coaching staff wants to hold him out, and how can you blame them? Harvin has been one of the two consistent pieces on offense all year, and it’s unlikely Minnesota would even be clinging to their 5-4 record without him…
So should fans have any long-term concerns about Harvin’s ankle?
The answer at this time is no. Given what we know about the injury, it seems that at most Harvin will miss Sunday’s game. With the extra week of rest ahead, the chances of this being a problem for multiple games is unlikely. Harvin is one of the toughest guys in the league, and that’s been made clear by the fact that he’s even attempting to play against the Lions.