EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — After missing his second straight day of practice, Minnesota Vikings leading receiver Percy Harvin is listed as doutful for Sunday’s game at Green Bay, likely miss his third straight game.
Harvin, who has a team-high 62 catches and 677 receiving yards and is the NFL’s leading kickoff returner with a 35.9-yard average, returned to practice in a limited capacity on Wednesday for the first time since spraining his ankle on Nov. 4. But he was held out Thursday and Friday, doing only limited work on the side.
“He did some drills catching the football, but not the cutting that we’d like to be able to see,” Frazier said.
Harvin is the only player that is less than probable for the Vikings (6-5) when they travel to face the Green Bay Packers (7-4). Tight end Kyle Rudolph, the team’s second-leading receiver, practiced fully on Friday after suffering a concussion and shoulder strain in last week’s game. Rudolph and rookie safety Harrison Smith both passed concussion testing earlier in the week and are listed as probable for Sunday.
Running back Adrian Peterson (shoulder), defensive end Jared Allen (shoulder/back), cornerback Antoine Winfield (knee), linebacker Jasper Brinkley (shoulder), tackle Phil Loadholt (knee), defensive tackle Letroy Guion (foot) and punter Chris Kluwe (left knee) are listed as probable. Loadholt and Winfield were limited on Friday.
Frazier wasn’t sure if Harvin would travel with the team for Sunday. Harvin was listed doubtful heading into last week’s game at Chicago too, but didn’t make the trip. Frazier said Harvin, who hasn’t been able to apply much pressure or weight on the sprained ankle, is mostly restricted from cutting, though Frazier said he hasn’t suffered any setbacks.
“It seems like the ability to push off and change direction,” Frazier said of what was bothering Harvin most.
Frazier said Harvin would likely have to practice Friday in order to be active for Sunday’s game at Green Bay.
Frazier wanted the chance to gauge how Harvin was progressing from the ankle he sprained in the Week 9 game at Seattle and if Harvin would be able to do enough, and protect himself, in order to be active this week.
Harvin and the team were hopeful he’d return following the Week 11 bye, but he still hasn’t not recovered enough to be involved heavily.
“No real setbacks, just hasn’t made the improvement we hoped,” Frazier said, adding that he doesn’t second-guess the decision to let Harvin continue playing on the injured ankle the week he was hurt. After suffering the sprain, Harvin had the ankle re-taped and came back in the game.