Notebook: Harvin switches doctors, meds

Receiver Percy Harvin spent a week earlier this month at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., trying to figure out the best treatment for his persistent migraines. The Vikings also expressed concerns about the Metrodome moving forward, and the latest injury report was released.

Receiver Percy Harvin spent a week at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., earlier this month trying to figure out the best treatment for his persistent migraines.

Harvin missed the last two Vikings games and up until Thursday hadn't practiced with the team since Dec. 1, but he's once again hopeful that his latest trip to a new doctor will help bring him some relief. One of the methods to improve his status was another change in his medications.

"You can never tell what is the cause of it, we can just try to eliminate as many things as we can," Harvin said. "I was real positive leaving from the doctors."

Harvin said the same doctor that treated former Broncos running back Terrell Davis was consulted with him in Arizona. Harvin said his week in Arizona was all about treatment and his second week away from the team he termed "precautionary."

Harvin met with Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and interim head coach Leslie Frazier in the organization's effort to help their first-round draft pick from 2009. That was when they determined that a visit to the Mayo Clinic in Arizona would be the best course of action.

"It's more our ownership just being concerned about our players as people, as opposed to just the fact that he can run fast and catch a ball," Frazier said. "They wanted to do something that was going to be beyond football and whatever that took, they wanted to get that done. If it meant he wasn't going to play again this year, they would have sacrificed whatever needed to happen to help him be able to live a life hopefully without going through what we've seen him experience. So hats off to our ownership for their willingness to do whatever it was going to take to help him to function without some of the pain he's been going through."

As concerned as the Vikings were Harvin, he said every time he visits the doctors he sees others suffering more than he is.

"You get frustrated, but then I go to the doctor and I see people who can't even get out of the bed every single day," Harvin said. "I see I have it good. I realize I'm blessed. It's just something that's going to happen. Unfortunately, you can't eliminate it from happening, so hopefully we can slow it down."

Harvin, who said he will play on Monday night against the Chicago Bears, said his visit to Arizona covered the gamut in treating migraines.

"We covered pretty much every base so we've got a plan to prevent it, we've got a plan if it comes and we've got a plan if it gets real bad. Hopefully we've covered everything," he said. "I'm real confident. These last couple days I've been feeling real good so I'm looking forward to getting back on the field."

After Harvin sought treatment in August after collapsing on the practice field at the Vikings' Winter Park facility, he felt that a diagnosis of sleep apnea would help in his treatment, but he said that wasn't part of the latest studies.

He doesn't believe he'll ever be cured of them, but he's hoping that their effects can at least be minimized.

"Anybody who suffers migraines [knows] you can't completely stop them. If you can have them not drag on two or three days, I think that's the key," he said. "I'm not hoping to not ever get a headache because that's impossible. I'm just looking to eliminate the ones that I can.

VIKINGS CONCERNED WITH DOME

The Vikings are asking their fans for patience in dealing with the change of venue to TCF Bank Stadium for Monday night's game and expressing concerns about the safety of playing in the Metrodome again in 2011.

"We got dealt a tough hand," said Lester Bagley, the Vikings vice president of public affairs and stadium development, referring to the collapse of the Metrodome roof on Sunday morning, forcing the delay of their game against the New York Giants to last Monday night and the relocation of that contest to Ford Field in Detroit.

The Vikings are faced with the task of trying to make TCF Bank Stadium, with a capacity of about 50,000, work as a replacement for the Metrodome, which seats over 63,000 people.

"How do you get 63,000 into 50? People aren't going to be happy," Bagley said. "Just trying to appeal to our fans to hang in there with us and just try to consider the extraordinary circumstances in which we find ourselves."

The Vikings didn't want to move this game out of the state, like they were forced to do on Monday night when the lost to the New York Giants 21-3 in Detroit.

"We got killed in Detroit. We lost our home-field advantage. We lost significant revenues, and this will be a loss, too, in terms of revenues," Bagley said.

Instead of getting full gate receipts for their last two home games, the Vikings were forced to refund ticket holders for last Monday night's game and won't have full revenues from this Monday night because of a seating deficit of about 13,000 people at TCF Bank Stadium compared to the Metrodome.

"Our organization, our ownership has concerns about (the Metrodome) going forward," Bagley said.

"… We're going to have to dig into that and get an honest assessment of that. This is Minnesota, it snows, we're a hearty bunch, we deal with it. Some people would say, ‘Well, a couple of shingles come off the roof you don't build a new barn.' Well, the roof collapsed. We have concerns about the safety of the facility going forward. We'll deal with that after the game as well as we'll deal with the financial and economic impacts of what happened."

NOTES

  • The Vikings' injury report didn't change at all from Thursday. RB Adrian Peterson (ankle), QB Brett Favre (chest/ankle/shoulder), G Steve Hutchinson (thumb), S Tyrell Johnson (knee) and S Jamarca Sanford (concussion) didn't practice again. DE Ray Edwards continued to be limited as he recovers from a sprained ankle, and CB Asher Allen (ankle) and QB Joe Webb (hamstring) continued to be full participants.

  • The Bears got everyone back on the practice field for full participation, including CB Charles Tillman (foot), who didn't practice on Thursday. RB Chester Taylor (knee) and LB Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee), who were both limited on Thursday, also practiced fully on Friday.

  • A full injury report – with playing probabilities – is due out on Saturday with this being a Monday night game.

  • Harvin said he might be more explosive now than he was before he took weeks off for his migraines. "A lot of the players say I look more explosive now than I did before I left," he said. "It was just good to get out there and not have a foggy head or a slight headache. It was good to get out there and be able to play with a clear mind."

    Frazier said Harvin's presence at practice the last two days energized his teammates.


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