Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/5/12
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. More than four weeks since receiver Percy Harvin badly sprained his left ankle, Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Wednesday it was "hard to say" whether Harvin will return this season and wouldn't get into specifics about the injury or Harvin's return. Frazier was cryptic after being more forthright in earlier weeks. "There's some things we just got to see what happens with," Frazier said when asked whether Harvin's situation is the same as last week. Harvin last played in a Week 9 loss to Seattle. He had the ankle re-taped and returned to the game but has been held out since then, returning on a limited basis for one practice last week before being scratched from Sunday's game. Harvin leads the team with 62 catches and 677 receiving yards and is the NFL's leading kickoff returner with a 35.9-yard average. Initially Frazier and Harvin were hopeful the receiver would return following the team's Week 11 bye, but he's been unable to apply much pressure to the injured ankle and has had trouble pushing off and cutting. A Tuesday report on 1500ESPN.com said Harvin had suffered a Grade 3 sprain, which means the ligament was completely torn. Frazier didn't want to confirm the report Wednesday and wasn't sure whether Harvin would return this season, with four games remaining and the Vikings clinging to desperate playoff hopes. "It's hard to say today," Frazier said of the possibility of Harvin's season being over. "But I'll probably give you a better answer tomorrow when we talk." Frazier said Harvin has done everything the trainers have asked but that the wideout hasn't improved enough to return. Without Harvin in Week 10, Minnesota put up 403 yards of total offense and a season-high 34 points in beating Detroit. Two weeks ago, the offense struggled at Chicago with just 258 total yards and 144 passing yards, while dealing with at least seven dropped passes. In last week's loss to Green Bay, the Vikings had only 119 passing yards. They clearly have been missing the player some teammates touted as an NFL MVP candidate early in the season. Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
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