Percy Harvin to miss third straight game with ankle injury
Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin will miss his third straight game with an ankle sprain. The Vikings, who are scratching and clawing for a playoff spot, have downgraded Harvin from “Doubtful” to “Out” this week.Percy Harvin has not been available for Minnesota for the past three weeks after suffering a sprained ankle in three different places in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks on November 4th.
“He did some drills catching the football but not the cutting that we’d like to be able to see,” head coach Leslie Frazier said following Friday’s practice. “”It seems like the ability to push off and change direction,” . Harvin practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday but still seemed to be having trouble with his ankle. Frazier also added that this week there were “no setbacks, (he) just hasn’t made the improvement we’d hoped.”
Harvin is the team’s leading receiver with a team-high 62 catches and 677 receiving yards. He is also a force in the kick return game, averaging an astounding 35.9 yards per return according to Fox News.
The absence of Harvin could be a big factor in a very important divisional game against Green Bay this week. Without him, the passing attack greatly suffers and puts even more weight on running back Adrian Peterson’s back if the passing game is nowhere to be found.