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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings are taking no chances with injured star receiver Percy Harvin.
After Harvin returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since spraining his ankle in three places on Nov. 4, Harvin was in uniform for Thursday's practice, but was without a helmet and didn't participate. He stayed with the receivers group, but wasn't running.
Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier said it seemed Harvin responded well to the work he did on Wednesday, but the team backed off him a day later.
"The treatment and how he feels after we get done today will give a better indication of what we can get out of him tomorrow and if we have a chance for Sunday," Frazier said. "Hopefully he can do more tomorrow. I'm hoping, but we'll see."
Tight end Kyle Rudolph returned to practice Thursday. Rudolph has been dealing with a shoulder strain he suffered on the same play in which he sustained a concussion in Sunday's loss at Chicago. Rudolph was cleared of his concussion earlier in the week, but missed Wednesday's practice because of the shoulder injury.
Rudolph was listed as limited on the team's injury report for Thursday, along with linebacker Jasper Brinkley (shoulder), tackle Phil Loadholt (knee), safety Harrison Smith (concussion) and cornerback Antoine Winfield (knee). Smith suffered a concussion in last week's game, but has passed the required testing.
Harvin was hopeful to return last week when the Vikings returned from their bye week, but last week he was unable to put much weight on the injured ankle. This week, he's been seen running but it hasn't been enough to clear him fully. He was limited on Wednesday while the team practiced indoors and was out today with Minnesota practicing outside.
Frazier said Harvin will likely have to be able to practice on Friday to be activated for Sunday's game at Green Bay after missing so much time.
"It would be hard to put him out there in a game without seeing him running around a little bit more than what he did on Wednesday," Frazier said. "We'll see what he can do tomorrow, if he can do anything."
Harvin leads the Vikings with 62 catches and 677 receiving yards. He also leads the league with a 35.9-yard average on kickoff returns. Without Harvin in Week 10, Minnesota put up a season-high 34 points and had 403 yards of offense. But the Vikings slipped in Sunday's loss to the NFC North-leading Bears, totaling just 258 total yards, including 144 yards passing.
Frazier said he's remaining cautious regarding Harvin's status for Sunday.
"Kind of holding out," Frazier said. "Don't want to get too high or too low. It would be a big boost to us to have him, but we have to see how he does tomorrow."
Frazier said Harvin is frustrated with the missed time.
"Without question, he's a competitor," Frazier said. "He wants to be out there to help his team. It's very frustrating for him."
Frazier said he doesn't believe injuries will hold out anyone else from Sunday's NFC North game against the Packers.
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Minnesota Vikings leading receiver Percy Harvin will miss his third straight game with an ankle injury.
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Percy Harvin wasn't on the field for the open portion of the Minnesota Vikings' practice on Friday, likely meaning the team's leading receiver could miss his third straight game.
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return and practice Wednesday in a limited capacity, providing fans and fantasy
owners alike hope he would play this weekend against the Green Bay Packers.
However, Harvin did not practice for the remainder of the week, according to
Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500, and is unlikely to play tomorrow.
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While Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph and safety
Harrison Smith have been cleared after sustaining concussions last weekend
against the Chicago Bears, wide receiver Percy Harvin received “mixed results”
when he tested his injured left ankle at practice yesterday, reports Tom
Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
Coach Leslie Frazier said safety Harrison Smith and
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