Harvin at Vikes practice, questionable for game
The only certainty in Minnesota’s wide receiver group this
season has been, well, uncertainty.
Percy Harvin returned to practice Friday after absences the
previous two days, but Vikings coach Brad Childress said his
migraine headaches haven’t ”completely cleared.”
Childress even initially described Harvin as ”doubtful” to
play Sunday at Chicago, before deciding on questionable – or 50-50
– for the official injury report when it was released about an hour
Harvin has also been dealing with a sprained ankle, but
Childress said that hasn’t been a problem for him this week.
As for Sidney Rice?
”The decision is up to Sidney when he’s going to jump back
in,” Childress said.
Also, the next-most important player at the position, Bernard
Berrian, now has a groin injury. He was limited in practice Friday
and is listed as questionable.
Rice remains on the physically unable to perform list – the
Vikings must decide by Saturday afternoon whether to activate him
for the Bears game – so he does not appear on the injury report.
But Childress assessed him as questionable.
Rice said he wanted to see how his body feels on Saturday before
making a decision on whether he feels confident to complete his
comeback from the hip surgery he had in late August. He practiced
hard Thursday and reported some soreness Friday, but both Childress
and Rice said he hasn’t had any setbacks.
”Don’t have that explosion that I used to have at this point,
but it’s getting better. It’s coming back,” Rice said.
Asked how important his long-term health is in his decision to
take the field again, Rice said, ”It’s huge. Definitely, I want no
setbacks, but I also want to help this team as much as I can.”
On the defensive side, cornerback Asher Allen (concussion) and
safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) have been listed as doubtful.
Rookie Chris Cook is expected to return to the starting lineup in
”It’s been looking that way all week,” Cook said.
It’s been looking all fall like this will be Brett Favre’s final
season, though he’s famously changed his mind before. In an
interview with the NFL Network this week, Favre hesitated and then
answered ”no” when asked the burning question about whether he’ll
play in 2011.
Childress said he hasn’t broached the subject with Favre.
”I think he’s got his head pretty well set on it,” the coach
said. ”That’s what he’s saying and he’s said from the very
The 41-year-old is also the subject of a league investigation
into alleged advances made with graphic photos, text messages and
voicemails to a former New York Jets employee when he played for
the team in 2008.
The woman, Jenn Sterger, met with league officials about the
matter Thursday and provided them with ”substantial materials,”
according to her manager, Phil Reese. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello
said there would be no announcement Friday.