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EDINA, Minn. Percy Harvin's will have surgery to fix a problem with the AC joint in his shoulder, but he is expected back before offseason workouts begin on May 29, according to Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier.Harvin tweeted the news Monday afternoon that he was headed for shoulder surgery, and Frazier confirmed a clean-up procedure while attending an Athletes in Action luncheon with former coach and longtime friend Tony Dungy.
Frazier said Harvin's original injury occurred last season, but it wasn't expected to be a problem and would be resolved with rest. However, the soreness returned as Harvin worked out recently."It actually dates back to the season, but he was feeling pain the last two, three weeks," Frazier said. "He was feeling some pain lifting weights, and he just felt like, You know what? I need to get this checked out because it's continuing to bother me.' So, he flew up and went over and did an MRI and saw some things that we probably need to take care of."Frazier said there was not talk of any problems with Harvin's shoulder when the season ended, and Frazier wasn't sure which shoulder was bothering his versatile, big-play receiver.
"He had a little damage around the AC joint," Frazier said. "He had an AC sprain during the season, and he continued to play and just created some soreness. So they've got to go in and do a little arthroscopic work and clean it up a little bit."
Harvin has dealt with migraines throughout his three-year NFL career but finally appeared to be over them last season, while playing in 16 games for the first time in his career. He was hampered by a rib injury and listed on the injury report for several weeks, but he played through the pain. Harvin has missed just three games in his career.
Frazier said a date for the surgery hasn't been determined, but he said it shouldn't keep Harvin out of any portion of the team's offseason program."From everything I've been told, it's no more than a week or two of work and no problems," Frazier said. "So the sooner he gets it done, the quicker he'll recover."Harvin, 23, is coming off his best season as a pro, having posted career-highs with 87 catches for 967 yards. He had six receiving touchdowns to tie a career best and also added career highs with 52 rushing attempts, 345 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.Harvin is the biggest piece of the Vikings' wide receivers unit, which added former San Diego Charger Bryan Walters on Monday. Michael Jenkins should return after missing the final five games last season with a knee injury. Minnesota has also re-signed Devin Aromashodu this offseason and has young receivers Emmanuel Arceneaux, Stephen Burton, Kerry Taylor and Kris Adams on the roster.Vikings host 30 draft prospects: Minnesota is hosting its "Top 30" visit this week with a group of top draft prospects in town to visit the team's facilities and meet with several members of the Vikings' staff. The players arrived Tuesday as part of the two-day event.Much of the intrigue left in this month's draft revolves around Minnesota's No. 3 overall pick. Quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are expected to be the top picks, with the Indianapolis Colts owning the top spot and the Washington Redskins making a blockbuster trade with the St. Louis Rams to move up to the No. 2 position.Frazier was looking forward to meeting again with several prospects whom he had also likely spoken with either at the Senior Bowl or the Scouting Combine.
"You want to get them in your environment as much as you can," Frazier said. "We have the luxury of being able to do this with some of them. Just see how they interact with some of the people in our building and get a better feel for them if we were to take them in the draft."
After hosting the 30 prospects this week, Minnesota could also elect to bring in individuals for private workouts before the draft begins April 26. This week will offer good insight on the personality of several players.
"What you hope to accomplish is getting to know the guys a little bit better," Frazier said. "Some of these players are going to eventually be Vikings, we hope. So you want to make sure you have a good feel for them as far as people."We get a chance to watch them on tape and get a chance to see what they can do athletically. Part of what we do is trying to find guys that can give us the right chemistry that we're looking for in the locker room and really have the type of character we want to build our team with. It's all-inclusive during this time."Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
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