The NFL’s leading receiver will be one of two players the Minnesota Vikings won’t have in practice Wednesday and likely Thursday.
Percy Harvin, who suffered a sprained ankle on Sunday that had him on crutches Monday, isn’t expected to participate in practice until at least Friday, if at all.
“Percy is doing better. He won’t practice today. We’ll take it day-to-day and see how he feels tomorrow, but he is making improvements,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said.
Harvin leads the NFL with 62 receptions and has caught a pass in all 56 games he has played in his career, including the playoffs. His 35.9-yard kickoff return average this year also leads the league.
“I’m shooting to try to play and get everything I can,” Harvin said Monday. “If I can’t, then I’ll have to rest it. But I’m not ruling myself out.”
If Harvin isn’t able to play Sunday against the Detroit Lions, rookie fourth-round draft choice Jarius Wright is expected to be active for the first time in his career.
“He’s going to prepare just in case Percy is not able to make it,” Frazier said. “He’ll be part of the game plan as we prepare for Detroit.
“They are very similar in a lot of ways. The way we would use him is similar to the way we use Percy if he ends up playing on Sunday.”
The other player the Vikings might not have in practice until at least Friday is starting nose tackle Letroy Guion, who suffered a turf toe injury at the end of the first on Sunday in Seattle and continued playing until the end of the game. But Frazier said the injury did limit Guion’s effectiveness, especially at the end of the game when the Seahawks were able to end the game with a 12-play drive to wrap up their 30-20 win.
“I’m hoping that they both make it. I’ll learn more as the week goes on, but I’m hoping by Friday they can both participate to some degree. We’ll see,” Frazier said.
Tight end John Carlson, who missed the last two games with a concussion, returned to practice on Wednesday.
“It’ll be huge,” Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder said of Carlson’s return. “Great tight end and we’re going to do some different things with him, but, yeah, we’re happy to have him back and he can only add another element to this offense.”
Letroy Guion (foot) and Percy Harvin (ankle) were the only Vikings that didn't practice Wednesday.
Jerome Felton (shoulder), Matt Kalil (knee) and Antoine Winfield (knee) were limited.
Six Vikings were listed as full participants, but Ponder, who was limping in the second half of Sunday's game with a knee injury, was not listed on the injury report. The six who were listed as full: TE John Carlson (concussion), P Chris Kluwe (knee), RB Adrian Peterson (ankle), S Mistral Raymond (ankle), S Jamarca Sanford (knee) and WR Jerome Simpson (calf).
The Lions had a more extensive injury report, at least when it came to holding players out of practice. DE Cliff Avril (back), S Louis Delmas (knee), WR Calvin Johnson (knee), S Amari Spievey (concussion), DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (not injury-related), DT Corey Williams (knee) and WR Titus Young (knee) were all held out of Wednesday's practice. S Erik Coleman (toe) and LB DeAndre Levy (hamstring) were limited. RB Mikel Leshoure (ankle) and LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) were full participants.
The Vikings re-signed DE Ernest Owusu to the practice squad, the fourth time he was signed to the practice squad this year. However, because the Vikings promoted TE Allen Reisner from the practice squad on Saturday, the Vikings didn't have to make a corresponding move on the practice squad. That was likely a relief for OL Tyler Holmes, who, like Owusu, has been cut from the team four times this year.
The Lions returned 350 tickets for Sunday's game, with the Vikings making them available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
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