Harvin Has Brief Return To Practice; Remains Doubtful
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By Joseph Gunther
The Minnesota Vikings need a win over its biggest rival Sunday and it may be without its most dynamic player.
Percy Harvin participated in Wednesday’s practice to give hope that he may play, but he missed the remaining practices of the week and is listed as doubtful.
WR Percy Harvin (ankle)
The fourth-year veteran was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice. He has been banged up all season, but hasn’t played since being injured Week 9 at the Seattle Seahawks. He has 62 receptions for 677 receiving yards, 96 rushing yards and five total touchdowns. If he is unable to play, Jarius Wright should remain the slot receiver. Harvin will still be replaced as a kick returner by Marcus Sherels, A.J. Jefferson and Josh Robinson. Status for Sunday: Doubtful.
DE Jared Allen (shoulder/back)
The ninth-year veteran was a full participant all week. He was injured during the Week 10 win over the Detroit Lions. He has been on the injury list in previous weeks, but has not missed a game. He has 32 tackles, seven sacks, three passes defensed and a forced fumble in 11 games this season. Status for Sunday: Probable.
LB Jasper Brinkley (shoulder)
The third-year veteran was a limited participant Wednesday and Thursday and was a full participant Friday. He was injured during Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears. He has 70 tackles, one pass defensed and two forced fumbles in 11 games this season. Status for Sunday: Probable.
DT Letroy Guion (foot)
The fifth-year veteran was a full participant all week. He was injured during the loss to the Seahawks. He has 26 tackles and two sacks through 10 games this season. He did not play in the win over the Lions and returned to the starting lineup against the Bears. Status for Sunday: Probable.
P Chris Kluwe (left knee)
The eighth-year veteran was a full participant all week. He was injured in the Week 8 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has not missed a game and averages 44.3 yards per punt with 12 downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Status for Sunday: Probable.
OT Phil Loadholt (knee)
The fourth-year veteran was a limited participant all week. He was injured during the loss to the Bears. He is on the injury report for the first time this season. Status for Sunday: Probable.
RB Adrian Peterson (shoulder)
The sixth-year veteran was a full participant all week. He was injured in the loss to the Bears. He has a league-leading 1,236 rushing yards with seven touchdowns rushing while catching 35 passes for 185 yards. He has been listed on the injury report multiple times this season, but has not missed a start. Status for Sunday: Probable.
TE Kyle Rudolph (concussion/shoulder)
The second-year veteran did not practice Wednesday, returned to practice Thursday as a limited participant and Friday as a full participant. He was cleared to return from the concussion Wednesday. He has 39 catches for 361 yards and seven touchdowns in 11 games this season. Status for Sunday: Probable.
S Harrison Smith (concussion)
The rookie was a limited participant Wednesday and Thursday and a full participant Friday. He was injured in the loss to the Bears. He has 63 tackles, eight passes defensed, one interception and one fumble recovery. Status for Sunday: Probable.
CB Antoine Winfield (knee)
The 14th-year veteran was a limited participant all week. He has 81 tackles, half a sack, eight passes defensed, one fumble recovery and three interceptions this season. He has been on the injury report several times this season, but has not missed a game. He has started all but one game this season. That start went to Robinson. Status for Sunday: Probable.
The Vikings list probable as a 75 percent chance the player will play, questionable means it is 50 percent, doubtful is 25 percent and out means the player will not play. Due to the Thursday game day, the Vikings did not give statuses for its injured players.
Recap of the Injury Status
DE Jared Allen
LB Jasper Brinkley
DT Letroy Guion
P Chris Kluwe
OT Phil Loadholt
RB Adrian Peterson
TE Kyle Rudolph
S Harrison Smith
CB Antoine Winfield
WR Percy Harvin (ankle)
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Joseph Gunther is an avid fan of Minnesota sports, including football, hockey and baseball. He covered a wide variety of sports while attending Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. While at Hastings College, he was a part of the first collegiate media group to broadcast a national tournament via television, radio, internet and newspaper at the 2004 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament. He grew up in the Twin Cities playing three years of varsity football in high school. His work can be found on Examiner.com.