Vikings’ Harvin ‘not happy,' back practicing
Percy Harvin (Hannah Foslien/Getty)
Percy Harvin (Hannah Foslien/Getty)
Posted Jun 19, 2012
Tim Yotter

Percy Harvin said he isn’t happy with a couple of things, but after sitting out the morning walkthrough, he returned for the afternoon session. That came just hours after indicating he wouldn’t practice until training camp.

Percy Harvin said he “hasn’t been real happy” and wasn’t planning on taking part in the Vikings’ minicamp this week, but after sitting out the morning walkthrough, he returned to practice in the afternoon.

Harvin wouldn’t elaborate on why he isn’t happy, but didn’t shoot down inquiries that his contract might be an issue.

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“I won’t get into specific issues, but we’re here and hopefully we’ll get things worked out and go from there,” Harvin said. “We kind of keep everything in-house. If specific people choose to tell you the stories, then they do. I keep everything in-house and we deal with stuff in-house.”

“He and I will talk some more, but it’s something we’ll talk through,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. “It’s not something that can’t be handled. It’s not something that we can’t talk through, not at all.”

That talk may have come after the morning session and Harvin's comments to the media. Following the afternoon session, he said the issues he was having with the team were his own and he didn't want to be a distraction.

Harvin spent the first week of organized team activities doing conditioning exercises after having shoulder surgery in April. He practiced once in Week 2 of OTAs, then sent out a tweet that hinted he was feeling the effects of his April shoulder surgery and didn’t return for the rest of OTAs.

Asked if the shoulder was part of the problem, he said there were a couple different issues.

“Our whole plan was training camp, so we’ll still shoot for training camp,” he said. “I feel fine right now. It feels great … I’m just staying on the schedule they put me on.”

Asked what the issue is, he wouldn’t go into specifics.

“I’ll just put it this way. There’s a lot of different things that have to be sorted out. I just haven’t been real happy lately,” Harvin said. “We’ve got a couple things to work on. I’m here in the classroom, so we’ll go from there.”

Harvin led the Vikings in receptions (87), receiving yards (967) and receiving touchdowns (six) last year.

The 2009 first-round draft pick has two years remaining on his rookie contract, making base salaries of $915,000 in 2012 and $1.55 million in 2013. He also has workout bonuses of $27,500 this year and next, as well.

Will he be at training camp?

“We’ve got a lot of time between then, hopefully a lot of conversations,” he said. “There’s different issues. It’s hard to try to tell you guys without telling you guys. I’ll just keep it as that.”

But Harvin did say the details “definitely” have to be worked out before he would come to training camp.

Said Frazier: “When he and I sit down and talk in-depth, whatever it is that’s on his heart or on his mind, we’ll get through it.”

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