EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Wide receiver Percy Harvin was missing from the Minnesota Vikings’ organized team activities Wednesday, a day after practicing for the first time since shoulder surgery in April.
Last week, coach Leslie Frazier praised many of the team’s leaders for showing up at nearly every workout and practice so far this offseason. There has been more than 95 percent participation at most practices, and even rehabbing stars Harvin and Adrian Peterson made noteworthy appearances last week.
Harvin returned Tuesday to practice, along with linebacker Chad Greenway, who missed part of last week due to a family matter. However, Harvin, Greenway and Peterson were all missing Wednesday, along with defensive end Jared Allen, who has been working out on his own in Arizona. Frazier said Greenway called him Wednesday morning and said he’d be out again while dealing with the family situation. Peterson has apparently returned home to Texas. Meanwhile, Frazier didn’t believe Harvin’s absence was related to his shoulder.
“Nothing that I’m aware of regarding his shoulder,” Frazier said. “It’s a voluntary camp, so hopefully we’ll have him back tomorrow.”
Harvin is one of the team leaders who has tried to rally his teammates to attend the voluntary workouts. Last week, Harvin and Peterson worked out together with trainer Eric Sugarman and drew a lot of attention by racing up a hill at the OTA session that was open to the media. Harvin was back at the closed practice Tuesday, and Frazier said Harvin didn’t have any problems with the shoulder.
“He did a good job yesterday with his shoulder, and we really thought things were going well for him,” Frazier said. “He wasn’t here today, but he’s done a good job in the time he’s been here. This is his first miss.”
Rookie receiver Greg Childs was at practice Wednesday but was still sitting out while dealing with a calf strain he suffered in the team’s rookie minicamp at the start of May. Rookie running back Derrick Coleman is away from the team because school is still in session at UCLA.
First-team updates: While participation and lineups at this point of the offseason are no indication who will be starting when the season opens Sept. 9, they do lead to speculation about who will get the first chance to hold on to starting spots. Second-year player Brandon Fusco, who is in noticeably in better shape this spring, has been taking first-team reps at right guard. Fusco is competing with free-agent addition Geoff Schwartz and Chris DeGeare for the final starting spot on the offensive line.
Jerome Felton has been starting at fullback. Second-year receiver Stephen Burton was getting some reps as the third receiver with the first team on Wednesday.
In place of Greenway, Larry Dean has been working with the first-team. Everson Griffen has been taking Allen’s reps at defensive end. Chris Carr, signed as a free agent, and second-year player Brandon Burton have been taking second-team reps at cornerback.
Meanwhile, the starting safeties have remained Mistral Raymond and Jamarca Sanford, who were the starters at the end of last season. Frazier said in April that first-round draft pick Harrison Smith would be penciled in as one starter, but he is still working to earn a starting spot.