EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Percy Harvin said he felt he was “done” after being tackled for a three-yard loss late in the third quarter of the Minnesota Vikings’ 30-20 loss at Seattle on Sunday.
The league’s leading receiver with 62 catches this season sprained his ankle in three places, but Harvin and coach Leslie Frazier are calling his status day to day and hoping he can return for Sunday’s home game against the Detroit Lions.
An MRI confirmed a sprained ankle, but no further injury for Harvin. He was on crutches in the locker room Monday.
“It’s not a good sign,” Harvin said of his crutches. “We’re going to go day to day and see what happens.”
Harvin avoided a high-ankle sprain, but three sprains will make his return for Sunday more difficult. With the bye the following week, Minnesota could choose to rest its versatile, playmaking receiver, but Harvin isn’t planning on sitting.
“Does it make sense? To me no,” Harvin said. “But if that’s what has to happen, then that’s what has to happen. I’m shooting to try to play. I’ll do everything I can. If I can’t, then I’ll have to rest it. But I’m not ruling myself out.”
Harvin squirmed on the ground in pain after his left ankle was rolled up on during the tackle Sunday. He had the ankle re-taped on the sideline. Despite saying he didn’t have much stability in the ankle, he felt he could run and later returned to the game. But he was in obvious discomfort and was replaced on kickoff returns by Marcus Sherels. He finished with two catches for 10 yards, both season lows.
“I thought I was done,” Harvin said of the play. “The pain I was feeling at the moment, it kind of let up as I walked off and went to the sideline, which gave me strength to think I could go back in that game. But later on that day I could put no pressure on it.”
Harvin said the pain worsened when he got on the plane for the return flight and the swelling increased. He has also been dealing with a hamstring injury, which he says has been a little tight, but his ankle is the biggest concern now.
“I’m in a lot of pain,” Harvin said. “There’s a lot of swelling right now. My whole ankle, all the way around, is swollen. So we’ve got a lot of work to do. It’s a long shot. But I’m not ruling myself out.”
Earlier in the game, Harvin was caught yelling at Frazier on the sideline. Both Harvin and Frazier chalked up the outburst as Harvin being competitive. Frazier said he has talked with Harvin about the best way to communicate his frustration.
“He just wants to win,” Frazier said. “We were struggling with some things and you know he had frustration along with a lot of us because we felt like we could do more than what we did yesterday. It’s just frustration, frustration with our not being successful.” Harvin agreed.
“It was just in the heat of the moment,” Harvin said. “We got three points. I think the last two or three weeks I’ve been wanting to get seven and we didn’t get seven. I thought we could have. So it was just a frustrating point in the heat of the battle. But it was nothing more than that.”
Frazier said tight end John Carlson could return this week from his concussion. He’s missed the past two games after suffering a concussion playing special teams against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 21. Carlson, who’s had four documented concussions, has just three catches for eight yards this season after being the first free agent to sign with the team this offseason, earning a five-year, $25 million contract.
“We do expect to have him back on Wednesday,” Frazier said. “He’s going to see a doctor today, but we’re expecting positive news regarding John. So it will be good to have him back.”
Frazier said defensive tackle Letroy Guion is suffering from turf toe and Frazier wasn’t sure of his availability for Sunday’s game.