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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Reeling from two losses in their past three games, the Minnesota Vikings went into Thursday's practice without their two biggest stars: running back Adrian Peterson and receiver Percy Harvin.Peterson, who leads the NFL with 957 rushing yards, was missing with an undisclosed illness. Meanwhile, Harvin, who has a league-high 62 receptions, is still dealing with a badly injured ankle. Harvin limped very slowly through the locker room Thursday but was without crutches after suffering sprains in three places during last week's 30-20 loss at Seattle.For an offense that has struggled to sustain drives and score points, missing its top two offensive playmakers heading into Sunday's game against NFC North foe Detroit would be damaging.Peterson, who's averaging a career-best 5.7 yards per carry after having major knee surgery in December, has rushed for at least 123 yards in each of the past three games, including a season-high 182 last week. But even with Peterson's elite rushing totals, the team's passing offense has faltered and tallied less than 100 net yards in two of the past three games.Harvin, also the league's leading kickoff returner with a 35.9-yard average, has more than double the receptions of the next closest Vikings player, tight end Kyle Rudolph (27 catches). Harvin has 677 receiving yards and three touchdowns and was the catalyst of the team's short, efficient passing game that powered Minnesota to a surprising 4-1 start.He had just two catches for 10 yards in last week's loss and injured his ankle while being tackled on a run during the third quarter. He had the ankle re-taped and returned but didn't have his usual explosiveness.Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he is hopeful Harvin will return to practice by Friday and play Sunday, but even the tough, competitive Harvin noted Monday that was a "long shot."Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
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I know, I know. Halloween was LAST week, you moron, why are we still talking about Minnesota Vikings players dressing up in costume? Well, it's because Kyle Rudolph, Chad Greenway, and John Sullivan are all wearing ballerina outfits, that's why. Listen, understand one thing around here. If a Vikings player is shirtless, that's some breaking news. If a Vikings player is...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Standout size and huge hands led the Minnesota Vikings to rave about their second-year tight end Kyle Rudolph and mention how he could be thrown the ball even when he's seemingly covered.
Early this season, they seemed right as all 6-foot-6, 256 pounds of Rudolph was among the league leaders in receiving touchdowns and a key threat in the red zone. Lately...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Since arriving during the offseason as the Minnesota Vikings' new defensive coordinator, Alan Williams has preached one basic tenant to his defense: aggressively run to the football.
This season is Williams' first coordinating an NFL defense, and he's tried to simplify the team's approach with the intent of having players able to react more than...
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin was held out of practice for a third straight day and listed Friday as doubtful for Sunday's game against Detroit. Harvin suffered an ankle injury last week and was on crutches afterward. But ESPN reported that coach Leslie Frazier is hoping Harvin could play against the Lions. "He still has a little less than 48 hours to...
Former Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian settled his lawsuit with a couple who found his Blackberry in Las Vegas and allegedly threatened to sell its contents.
Percy Harvin (ankle) is a long shot to play in Week 10. Percy Harvin's headaches are no loner an issue and he has managed to not only stay on the field this year, but become one of the top fantasy football WRs. He's dynamic and the Vikings have made it a priority to find ways to get the ball in his hands. Well, not for week 10, so prepare accordingly.
Chris Kluwe has no desire to get involved in politics as a career, but he was happy to be part of the process that helped defeat an amendment to redefine marriage in Minnesota. Kluwe talked about an eventful couple months for him and his desire to return to relative anonymity.
Lions beat writer Dave Birkett is reporting that in a conference call Vikings coach Leslie Frazier thinks Percy Harvin's ankle is much improved and he is day-to-day.Fantasy Spin:Despite all Harvin's injuries over the years, he's missed just three games. Still, it's a long shot that Harvin plays this week and fantasy owners should prepare for him to be inactive.
Two NFC North rivals and playoff contenders meet Sunday afternoon when the Detroit Lions take on the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis.
Here are five storylines to follow:
1. The last time these teams faced each other -- Sept. 30 in Detroit -- the Lions special teams were in total disarray. The difference in the Vikings 20-13 victory was a touchdown on a...
Everything is About to Get Ugly: Are you people ready for this? The season is about to implode. When we eventually lose this second division game against the Detroit Lions, we'll be 5-5 on the year (a respectable .500 though?) and *GASP* last place in the division. Uhm .... "Our division is so hard! Like, probably the best division in the NFL! Every team is .500 or above...