Percy Harvin (Tom Dahlin/Viking Update)
Percy Harvin spent Wednesday’s practice as a spectator, but he was far from alone as the rigors of camp start to catch up with players. Harvin could be among the players sitting out Saturday.
Percy Harvin’s rib injury kept him on the sidelines for Wednesday’s two-hour practice and may keep him out of Saturday’s second preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.
“It was a little bit sore a couple days ago and [we] just felt like it’d probably be wise just to hold him back and just let him completely heal, as opposed to getting bumped or getting hit,” Frazier said. “Don’t want any setbacks.”
Harvin bruised his ribs last week during a practice in Mankato. He played on Saturday in Tennessee and practiced Monday, but he was tended to by the training staff about halfway through Tuesday’s practice and sat out of the rest of it.
He, along with several other injured players, went inside the building for treatment after the team stretched and then came back out later during practice.
“If we don’t do anything with him tomorrow, we’ll probably hold him back [Saturday]. So, we’ll see how he feels tomorrow,” Frazier said.
Harvin was far from alone among those that didn’t participate in Wednesday’s practice.
Safety Simeon Castille (hamstring), FB Matt Asiata (unknown), LB Kenny Onatolu (foot), LB Heath Farwell (hamstring), TE Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring), WR Greg Camarillo (groin) and DE D’Aundre Reed (calf) were all held out of practice.
“The further you get along, you’re going to have some bumps and bruises and fortunately for us, we haven’t had any major issues – nothing more than muscle pulls or strains, and you’ll get through those in time,” Frazier said.
Shiancoe, Castille and Reed all did work on the sidelines after stretching while the others went inside Winter Park for treatment.
WORKING THEIR WAY BACK
Anthony Herrera continued to split first-team reps with Scott Kooistra at right guard. Although Herrera declined to talk after practice, Frazier said the incumbent starter at right guard felt good after resuming practice this week. Herrera tore his anterior cruciate ligament Nov. 21 last year and missed the final six games of the season.
“We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. You’ve got to consider a torn ACL and coming back out here and moving around, it’s going to be a little bit sore, but not to the point where we can’t give him a little bit more, so we’ll see how he feels tomorrow,” Frazier said.
Cornerback Cedric Griffin could see his first action of the preseason Saturday after making his way back from a torn ACL suffered last season, the second straight year his season was cut short by a knee injury. Griffin has been practicing since the start of training camp but sat out the preseason opener. Frazier said Griffin should see some time Saturday night in Seattle.
“At least a series – that’s what we’re thinking right now,” Frazier said. “See how he does tomorrow in practice, how he finishes, and if he finishes fine, we may try to get him a series.”
WILLIAMS ADDRESSES TEAM
Former Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams defensive back Aeneas Williams, an eight-time Pro Bowler, addressed the Vikings after practice on Wednesday.
Williams, who is now a pastor at The Spirit Church in Missouri, was invited to speak to the team by Frazier, who has known Williams since Frazier did an internship with the Arizona Cardinals when Williams was in the early stages of his career.
“He’s speaking across the country, amongst teams, and his credibility as a player and then what he’s doing now, we thought it would be a plus for our rookies as we were trying to take them through how to handle things from a financial standpoint, just handling life skills in general,” Frazier said. “Aeneas, I don’t know if there is a greater example of how to handle the NFL, along with balancing life off the field.
“Great player in our league. Future Hall of Famer.”
Williams spoke for about 10 minutes after practice and was scheduled to address the rookies at greater length as part of their life-skills session that is normally held during the offseason but was delayed this year because of the lockout.
Steve Hutchinson was sitting out during full-team drills, likely as a precautionary move, and Seth Olsen took his spot at left guard.
LB E.J. Henderson batted down at two passes during practice. On the first one, during 7-on-7s, he jumped high to knock down a Donovan McNabb pass intended for Michael Jenkins and couldn’t come up with the catch. It was a near replay of an interception Chad Greenway had in Tuesday’s practice, except for making the catch, prompting defensive coordinator Fred Pagac to yell, “Chad, teach E.J. how to catch that ball.”
DE Adrian Awasom had a sack of McNabb on the first play in a short-yardage situation.
DE Jared Allen also had a sack when he beat RB Toby Gerhart around the edge during a two-minute drill.
CB Marcus Sherels had a strong practice, breaking up several passes and intercepting a McNabb pass intended for Jenkins when Sherels undercut the route and came up with the diving interception.
A couple plays later, Cedric Griffin intercepted a Christian Ponder pass intended for Jaymar Johnson to end practice.
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