Percy Harvin (Getty)
Vikings receiver Percy Harvin hasn’t been in contact with Leslie Frazier or Adrian Peterson of late, but the team’s medical staff has been monitoring his rehab in Florida. Plus, Christian Ponder is dealing with an elbow injury and other injury updates from the Vikings and Packers.
Vikings receiver Percy Harvin hasn’t been around Winter Park lately, but the team’s medical staff continues to monitor his rehabilitation from an ankle injury suffered Nov. 4 that landed him on injured reserve.
Harvin has been rehabilitating in Florida. The fact that he hasn’t been at the Vikings practice facility has led to speculation about a strained relationship between head coach Leslie Frazier and Harvin, but Frazier said Harvin’s location for his rehab his up to him.
“If he wanted to be around, he can be around. But the guys are working hard doing everything they can. I know he wants our team to do well and that’s important, but we’ve got some other guys that are on (injured reserve) that aren’t around as well. It doesn’t concern us,” Frazier said.
That said, Frazier admitted he hasn’t talked to Harvin lately, although athletic trainer Eric Sugarman has been monitoring Harvin’s progress.
Harvin led the NFL in receptions midway through the season, but shortly after that his season was done when the twisted his ankle and suffered ligament damage. His season ended with 62 catches for 677 yards. Both of those marks still lead the Vikings.
When Adrian Peterson was rehabilitating from surgery to repair torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee during the offseason, he split time between Houston and Minnesota. Sugarman flew down to Houston on occasion during that process.
“I think it’s important to be around your teammates at times, but when you got the mindset that when you want to come back and this is what you want to accomplish, you can get it done wherever you’re at,” said Peterson, who said he hasn’t talked to Harvin lately either.
Frazier said players rehabilitate away from the practice facility “all the time” and doesn’t consider it an odd situation.
“I know he’s supportive of his teammates, and any of the guys that are on IR who don’t travel with us, it’s nothing that upsets their teammates or gets them concerned, these guys are so focused on Green Bay and getting ready for that game,” Frazier said. “That’s what’s most important.”
Frazier said he hasn’t been told that Harvin’s injury will require surgery.
PONDER LIMITED WITH ELBOW
Quarterback Christian Ponder was limited in Wednesday’s practice with an elbow injury that Frazier described as a bruise.
Frazier said Ponder suffered the injury on a pass that floated high in the air as Ponder took a hit in the pocket by safety Morgan Burnett. Several offensive and defensive players converged on the ball, with one of them deflecting it into the air, and Jarius Wright made the reception.
“I think he’ll be fine. Just got to get some work in tomorrow. … It doesn’t seem like something that would hinder him come (Saturday), but we need to wrap it up a little bit tomorrow,” Frazier said.
Ponder also downplayed the injury when asked about it Tuesday.
CB Antoine Winfield continued to sit out with swelling in his fractured right hand, but he is expected to practice Thursday on at least a limited basis.
“He’s making some progress. Has a lot less pain than he had a week ago at this time,” Frazier said.
Winfield started Sunday’s game against the Packers, but his hand swelled up on him and he was out of the game by the second quarter.
“The fact that he’s another week removed we’re hoping that’s going to be enough to allow him to participate throughout (Saturday’s game),” Frazier said. “He’s going to practice tomorrow, but right now he has a whole lot less pain than he had a week ago at this time, so that’s an encouraging sign.”
RB Adrian Peterson (abdomen) was also given the day off, but he is expected to practice tomorrow and play Saturday at Green Bay.
Also sitting out of practice with his left arm in a sling because of a shoulder injury was LB Tyrone McKenzie.
“His shoulder is to the point where I don’t know if he’s going to make it (for the game),” Frazier said.
S Harrison Smith (knee) and DE Brian Robison (shoulder) were limited, but both are expected to play Saturday.
Frazier said Smith “did good” and Robison had “no problems” on Thursday.
For the Packers, DE Jerel Worthy (knee) is out and WR Jarrett Boykin (ankle) didn’t practice either. Both of those injuries occurred against the Vikings Sunday.
Also for the Packers, TE Jermichael Finley (quad), RB James Starks (knee), WR Randall Cobb (ankle), CB Davon House (hip) and WR Jordy Nelson (knee) were limited. RB Alex Green (knee) and S Charles Woodson (collarbone) were full participants.
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