Vikings first-round draft choice Percy Harvin was not at practice on Friday for the first day of a three-day rookie minicamp and isn't expected to attend any of the camp.
Vikings coach Brad Childress said the wide receiver from the University of Florida vomited in the Atlanta airport Thursday morning while catching a connecting flight to Minneapolis. Childress said Harvin was not feeling well on Wednesday and pushed through a workout and said he was kept overnight in the Atlanta hospital for "extreme dehydration."
"He got off the plane. Somebody asked him how he felt. He said, ‘Not good.' He vomited. I asked him, ‘How was that?' He said, ‘Not good.' You can imagine," Childress said. "I don't know if he was in a restroom or not. Obviously, people started to give him some distance, as you usually do. The medical people arrive and he vomited on them. (They) put a mask on his face – it wasn't pretty, put it that way."
Childress said Friday afternoon he thought Harvin would be kept in the hospital for another 24 to 48 hours and then would head back to Florida.
"Our doctors have spoken extensively with those people down there. I think he was scheduled – I was talking with his dad – for 13 or 14 trips on airplanes here in the last couple of weeks, including two here," Childress said. "The one that he left from here on Sunday was delayed for an hour and a half on the runway in Minneapolis. He got to Atlanta at midnight, missed the connection. They got in a car and drove to Jacksonville until 7 o'clock in the morning."
Harvin was checked for the swine flu and doctors in Atlanta ruled that out, Childress said.
"I'm sure with where we're at right now, when you're sick in an airport – are extremely sick – they were over the top in terms of paramedics coming and taking him in an ambulance (to) a hospital in Atlanta. He's been hospitalized with extreme dehydration and a virus," Childress said.
Harvin started feeling ill on Wednesday and went through with a "hard" workout with the Florida strength coach, Childress said.
"I just think the grind had caught up with him. That's what they're calling ‘extreme dehydration' exacerbated by that hard workout. It's an unfortunate circumstance, but it is what it is," Childress said.
"It's just an unfortunate circumstance and that's the only way you can put it. To take that many plane flights in two weeks, coming out of Gainesville or coming out of Jacksonville, you very seldom route only on one leg. He's probably had 30 legs here. I didn't have 30 legs the whole year in scouting."
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