Player Wire: Harvin healthy, ready to return
Percy Harvin (Paul Sancya/AP)
Percy Harvin (Paul Sancya/AP)
VikingUpdate.com
Posted Jun 17, 2011


Wide receiver Percy Harvin said he is fully healthy, in the best shape of his life and looking to get back on the field. Meanwhile, Adrian Peterson said he would love to be teammates with Plaxico Burress.

  • Vikings WR Percy Harvin says he is ready to play football and is healthy after missing two games last season because of problems with migraines.

    Saying he feels "pretty good," Harvin added, "I'm just waiting to get back out there on the field, just getting real anxious right now. We are just playing this waiting game. As far as my health, I'm fine, 100 percent, in the best shape of my life. I'll be ready to go."

  • Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he hopes to have the opportunity to have wide receiver Plaxico Burress on his team.

    "I would love him to be a part of my team," Peterson told scout.com. "He's a guy – before he left the game for two years – he was one of the top receivers in the league."

    Comparing Burress to quarterback Michael Vick, Peterson said, "You look at Vick, when he came out, how explosive he was. I'm sure (Burress) is going to be on fire and he'll be ready to contribute to whatever team picks him up."

  • Burress, who was released from prison June 6 after serving nearly two years on gun charges, announced he will work with the National Urban League and the Brady Center to prevent gun violence.

    "It was a tragic accident," Burress said of the incident that led to his incarceration. "I have paid a tremendous price for a bad decision. I say to myself all those 20 months and all those days (in jail), how can I take the next step and how can people learn from what happened to me?

    "If I can just help a child to think about the decision of carrying a firearm or not to carry one out of the home, he or she may save lives in itself. You can make a mistake and you can be a better person from it and along the way bring people with you."

    During the announcement Monday, former NFL coach Tony Dungy was with Burress, who spoke of the impact Dungy had on him during a visit while he was in prison.

    "It was one of the most single-handedly most important visits that I did have," Burress said. "Talking about life and taking next steps in life. Just for him to reach out to me in a time and situation where a lot of people shied away, it just meant a lot to me."

    Dungy, who was also instrumental in quarterback Michael Vick's re-entry into society and the NFL after his time in jail, said, "You have to come to the conclusion that you can't do things the same way you did. You got to change. For Mike, I think he realized that in prison, when he went to a birthday party and had a near miss, he realized everything he worked for with a decision can come to an end. I know he has communicated that to Plax, when you come out, you have to think about everything you do."

    Reflecting on his time behind bars, Burress said, "I dealt with so many different emotions over that time that I can't really put a finger on one particular one. I said to myself over and over again all those many days and nights, how could something like this happen to me. Why did it happen to me? I got

  • Patriots RB Kevin Faulk said he's not ready to retire just yet.

    Faulk, who recently celebrated his 35th birthday, is recovering from ACL surgery last October.

    "That word (retire) is not in my vocabulary right now," Faulk said. If it's possible, if (the Patriots) allow me to, I'd like to play another season. People are telling me they drafted two running backs, but hey, I've never questioned anything the Patriots have done. That's why they're who they are."

    Faulk will be a free agent when the lockout ends. The Patriots selected Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley in the draft and Faulk participated in the team's recent player workouts. Vereen and Ridley were also there, and Faulk was helping them.

    He said, "I was just going through some drills and trying to get them not up-to-speed, but close-to-speed on what's going on."

    As for his recovery, Faulk said, "Right now, I'm doing everything. Right now, I can't complain. We'll just see what happens when that time comes."

  • Titans WR Kenny Britt, dealing with several legal issues in his home state of New Jersey, is also facing warrants in Nashville.

    The Tennessean reported that Britt is wanted by police on two outstanding warrants from the Tennessee Highway Patrol. He allegedly made inaccurate statements on applications for a driver's license at least once, according to Metro police spokesperson Don Aaron. It apparently related to statements regarding whether his license had previously been suspended.

    After being arrested in New Jersey last week, Britt has had at least six incidents with police since he was selected in the first round of the 2009 draft.

    Said Aaron, "To my belief, Mr. Britt's counsel is aware of the existence of these warrants and we would anticipate that he would report and surrender himself on these and let them be served when he returns to the state of Tennessee. If he does not, he'll be subject to arrest."

    Britt's attorney, Jonathan Farmer, said, "When he gets back he is going to cooperate fully and we are looking forward to getting that resolved in a quick manner. He takes it seriously and is looking forward to getting it resolved."

    After his arrest last week, Titans coach Mike Munchak told The Tennessean, "It is a case of probably making some bad decisions and something we'll talk about when we get our opportunity. Unfortunately he's had a few things that have come up with him this offseason. Any time any of our players have issues it is concerning, no matter what the issue is. We want the best for them. This is a tough time because we don't know."



  • Titans QB Kerry Collins will be a free agent when the lockout ends, and he is hopeful of being back with the Tennessee Titans, even as a mentor to rookie Jake Locker.

    If it doesn't work out, Collins is prepared to walk away from the game although he doesn't want to.

    Collins said, "When we came to Nashville (in 2006) I told my wife, ‘We are going to ride this thing out here as long as it goes and that is going to be it.' I know I am getting near the end, but I still have good football left in me.

    "If it makes sense on both sides to do it, I'd be good for coming back. Physically, I definitely have a couple of years left in me, no doubt. But I want to see where the Titans are at, too."

    Collins believes his experience will be helpful for the Titans, especially after the lengthy lockout. He would also be willing to somewhere else if it was the "right fit."

    "It is legitimate speculation to think the longer this thing goes, the more attractive I would be to them because of my familiarity with everything," Collins said. "I know we have new coordinators, but I am sure a lot of terminology is going to be the same. On paper it makes sense to at least talk to me about coming back."

    As for being there for Locker, Collins said, "I went through it with Vince (Young)," Collins said. "I would be open to it, but it would have to be the right thing. I would like to get to know Jake a little bit to make sure he'd be the type guy I'd want to help out. That won't be the sole issue, either. It is not about what kind of guy Jake is. I just have to weigh a lot of things.

    "There are so many unknowns right now. I am in a wait-and-see mode with the lockout just like everyone else. When things get sorted out more I'll have to take a lot of things into consideration. I'd like to play, but I have been at this so long and I know how the business works. There is no use speculating ... You wait until the situation presents itself before deciding anything for sure."

  • Bears RB Garrett Wolfe is scheduled to be arraigned June 21 in Miami on four charges resulting from his arrest on May 22 at the Cameo nightclub in Miami Beach.

    Wolfe was charged with retail theft, disorderly conduct, assault of a police officer and resisting an officer with violence.

    The police allege Wolfe refused to pay a tab of almost $1,600.

    When the lockout ends, Wolfe will be a free agent because the Bears did not tender him as a restricted free agent before the lockout began.

  • Giants QB Eli Manning said the players did the best they could in the recently-concluded workouts.

    "I was happy. It's kind of the best we could do under the circumstances," Manning said. "It's not great work, but it's better than doing nothing."

    Manning said most important was getting work for draft picks like wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan and cornerback Prince Amukamara.

    He said, "It's really to get some of the younger guys out there and get Jerrel and some of the draft picks, Prince and those guys, get them to meet some of the guys, learn a little bit of the terminology.

    "You get worried you don't know how long this lockout is going to be. If it goes too long, they'll never be able to catch up and it will be a wash of a year for them, so you're trying to prevent that."

    Noting how strange this offseason has been, Manning said, "I think everybody's ready to get back to work and see the teammates and the coaches and get back to our normal life. For seven years, we've been kind of doing the same schedule and the same offseason, and all of a sudden to throw a little wrinkle in there this offseason has been a little different. But guys have made adjustments and you try to stay with the same routine and the same schedule that you normally have and make sure you're prepared whenever they call us back."

    As for developing timing with receivers, Manning said, "You can get your timing in training camp. We're throwing routes and we've got decent work in a number of days we've thrown. We've got guys who have been there before. Trying to get with Jerrel and some of the new guys and get them caught up, if they're doing the right thing.

    "That's kind of what it is. It's also the trust issue, you got to trust the guy to run the right route and get the right depth, read the coverage the correct way and that's where the timing comes, guys doing what they're supposed to be doing."

  • QB Erik Ainge is still a member of the Jets, but for how long is anyone's guess.

    Ainge missed the entire 2010 season while he fought an addiction to drugs and alcohol, as well as depression.

    Now, as Ainge revealed on Twitter recently, he has a torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder.

    His tweet said, "no fun, (oh) well, could always be worse, (I'm) sober and loved, all that matters."

    A fifth-round pick in 2008, Ainge has not played in an NFL regular-season game.

  • Former Bears RB Adrian Peterson signed to play for Virginia of the UFL.

  • Falcons WR Roddy White participated in player-organized practice Tuesday for the first time. White has worked out with teammates, but skipped the practices because they were on FieldTurf.

    When approached by reporters, White said, "No interviews, baby. I came out here to work. The first day of training camp, y'all got me."

    Said quarterback Matt Ryan, "He's been having a really good offseason. I thought he was really productive today. He was himself. He was out here running around, joking and doing his thing. I think it was good for Julio (Jones) to see how Roddy does his thing and get a couple of tidbits here and there. All in all, it was very productive."

    Ryan said he can't wait to be able to work consistently with White and Jones, the team's first-round draft pick.

    "I'm excited about having both of those guys playing for us," Ryan said. "Julio is doing a great job. He's a complement not only to Roddy, but to Harry Douglas, Mike Jenkins and Tony Gonzalez in the passing game and Michael Turner in the running game. He's going to fit in well with our group of guys. Everybody is excited about that."

  • Bengals LB Dhani Jones will be a free agent when the lockout ends, but the 12-year veteran hopes to re-sign with the Bengals.

    Jones told the NFL Network, "They've done nothing but take great care of me. The city has embraced me. We've had a rough couple seasons but we've overcome a lot."

  • Browns QB Colt McCoy has organized three different practice sessions for the team. The most recent were June 9-11 in Austin at the University of Texas. If the lockout is still in place, another will also also be held in Austin July 7-9.

    Said rookie TE Jordan Cameron, "You're going over the playbook and building camaraderie with teammates. You're meeting guys and you're kind of getting the verbiage and the communication down. This is a new offense for (most) of us, and it helps that Colt's running over it with us and he can fine-tune the details and the concepts of these plays."

    McCoy made copies of parts of the playbook for teammates. Added Cameron, "Everyone has a little portion they can look at from what (he) photocopied. It helps because we have access to that, especially the young guys. Obviously, you're gonna learn a lot more with the coaches. But when you get home or in your free time, it helps to go over the playbook and kind of get a feel for the concepts."

    A fourth-round pick, Cameron credited McCoy's leadership in all aspects of the sessions.

    "He set this all up. He got the hotel rooms, took us to restaurants and kind of wined and dined us for the three days we were out there. In the meeting rooms, he's got the projector and he's helping guys out and setting up all the meetings and the workouts with the facilities.

    "He's definitely shown great leadership qualities. I think guys feed off that and kind of understand that he's trying to (make) us better. It helps the team, definitely."

  • Giants DE Osi Umenyiora will file a sworn affidavit next month claiming the Giants broke a promise to him to renegotiate his contract in a specific time frame (2008-09), according to ESPN. The affidavit will be part of the players' antitrust lawsuit filed in federal court in Minnesota.

    In the affidavit, Umenyiora claims he had a meeting with Giants general manager Jerry Reese about two weeks before the start of the 2008 season and was told that his contract would be renegotiated two years after the start of that season "to be equal to "that of the top five defensive ends playing or I would be traded to a team that would do that" if Umenyiora continued to perform at a high level.

    "Before leaving the meeting, I asked Mr. Reese twice if he was absolutely sure that would be the case," Umenyiora states in the affidavit, according to ESPN. "He then told me that he was an honest and church-going man and that he would not lie, which I believed to be the case. Under the penalty of perjury these statements are true and accurate."

    The NFL Players Association sought Umenyiora out as part of its argument that players have suffered irreparable harm in the Brady vs. NFL antitrust lawsuit.

    Whether Umenyiora continued to play at a high level for the two seasons after his meeting with Reese is up for debate. He missed the 2008 season following a left knee injury during the preseason. He returned to start 16 games in 2009, registering 7.0 sacks along with four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. He did record 11.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles last season.



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