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Vikings WR Percy Harvin missed Friday’s practice with a sprained ankle, meaning he hasn’t practiced all week. He is doubtful to play, which would be the first time he has missed a game for anything other than migraines. Meanwhile, Adrian Peterson returned after illness and Letroy Guion tested his turf toe.
Vikings receiver Percy Harvin remained out of practice Friday and the Vikings are listing him as doubtful for Sunday’s game against Detroit. It would be the first missed game of his career for anything other than migraines.
Harvin sprained his ankle in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks and was on crutches Monday when he declared himself a “long shot” to play but was still holding out hope.
Despite the doubtful designation, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier wasn’t ready to completely rule Harvin out.
“Still has a little less than 48 hours to continue to improve. He’ll continue to get treatment. If it comes to it, we would definitely work him out before the game to get him out there, if that’s possible,” Frazier said.
“He’d have to make quite a bit of recovery (Saturday) for us to say, ‘OK, we’ll wait until Sunday to see what you can do.’ But it’s possible. We’ve seen it happen before. We’re going to continue to treat him and see how he does tomorrow.”
On Thursday, Harvin walked through the locker room slowly with a pronounced limp, but he no longer had the crutches that accompanied him Monday.
Harvin leads the NFL with 62 catches. He also leads the league with a 35.9-yard kickoff return average.
Rookie receiver Jarius Wright, a fourth-round pick, will be active for the first time in his career whether or not Harvin can play, according to Frazier.
Marcus Sherels would take Harvin’s turns in the kickoff return game if Harvin is unable.
The Vikings did get running back Adrian Peterson back on the practice field Friday after he left Winter Park Thursday morning with a stomach virus. He is expected to play Sunday and said Friday he was feeling much better.
“Yesterday morning as soon as I woke up, my stomach felt like it was cramping, like it was balled up,” Peterson said. “I threw up before I even got here. Once I got here, I was just kind of hunched over, not really feeling good, feeling weak.”
Peterson, who was listed as probable, leads the league with 957 rushing yards and is second among running backs with a 5.7-yard average per carry. He is also coming off his third straight game with at least 100 yards rushing.
He had 182 yards on 17 carries in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. He also had 123 yards (on 15 carries) and 153 yards (on 23 carries) over a five-day span in the previous two games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals.
The Vikings have the 30th-ranked passing offense and fifth-ranked rushing offense in the league.
Defensive tackle Letroy Guion (turf toe) also returned to practice on a limited basis, but, like Harvin, he is doubtful.
“He moved around a little bit in some of the drills we had, just to be able to get a feel for where he was so we kind of gauge the probability of his maybe playing,” Frazier said. “We got an idea of where he is; now it’s just a matter of how much he improves tomorrow and before Sunday.”
Fred Evans will start if Guion doesn’t play, Frazier said.
The Vikings signed DE George Johnson to the practice squad and released DE Ernest Owusu, who was just re-signed to the practice squad earlier this week. It’s the fifth time Owusu has been released this year. Johnson is a 6-foot-4, 270-pound player who is in his third season in the NFL, having been an undrafted free agent originally signed by Tampa Bay in 2010.
S Mistral Raymond is expected to be active Sunday for the first time since partially dislocating his ankle Sept. 23 against the San Francisco 49ers. “He will. How much (he’ll play), we’re not sure yet,” defensive coordinator Alan Williams said.
Tight end John Carlson is also expected to play for the first time since suffering a concussion against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 21. “He’s had a good week. No setbacks,” Frazier said. “He’ll definitely be up barring any unforeseen thing between now and Sunday. He’s done well.”
The Vikings added DE Jared Allen to the injury report with a shoulder issue, but he was a full participant in Friday’s practice and is among 10 Vikings listed as probable. In addition to him, the other players who are probable, meaning they are a “virtual certainty,” and were full participants Friday were FB Jerome Felton (shoulder), LT Matt Kalil (knee), CB Antoine Winfield (knee), TE John Carlson (concussion), P Chris Kluwe (knee), RB Adrian Peterson (ankle/illness), S Mistral Raymond (ankle), S Jamarca Sanford (knee) and WR Jerome Simpson (calf).
The Lions listed safety Louis Delmas (knee) and Amari Spievey (concussion) as out. WR Calvin Johnson (knee), DE Cliff Avril (back), OT Corey Hilliard (knee), DT Corey Wililams (knee) and WR Titus Young as questionable. Johnson, Avril and Young practiced on a limited basis while Williams and Hilliard didn’t practice Friday. LB DeAndre Levy (hamstring), S Erik Coleman (toe), CB Chris Houston (illness), RB Mikel Leshoure (ankle) and LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) are all probable.
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