The Minnesota Vikings are hoping they can get star wide receiver Percy Harvin back on the practice field Wednesday, and potentially back on the game field Sunday. Head coach Leslie Fraizier gave an update on Harvin’s status Monday:
“No setback. Just hasn’t made enough progress to put him out there yet. We’ll see how he does on Wednesday. I was hoping he would have been ready to go and get a little work today. But that wasn’t the case.”
“It’s pretty sore and tender so we gave him this morning off and we’ll see how he feels Wednesday.”
By all accounts Harvin looks much better than he did two weeks ago, and the feeling is that he will suit up and play Sunday. Personally, I’m even fine with him not practicing all week and continuing treatment on the sore ankle if that will better him for Sunday’s contest.
Given that the Vikings are coming off a bye week, and the fact Harvin was actually trying to play just a week after the injury initially happened, I fully expect to see him out there Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Is he going to be 100%? I highly doubt it, but he needs to be out there no matter what.
Even if Minnesota have to use him as a “decoy,” it’s worth putting him out there for as many plays as possible. Playing against an elite defense, the Vikings need all the help and distractions they can get to take the focus off the running game and Adrian Peterson.
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