Percy Harvin appears in jeopardy of missing third game in a row
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin tested his sprained left ankle by doing limited work in Wednesday's practice.
One can only assume things did not go well.
Harvin was the only Vikings player who did not participate in Thursday's session and it appears there is a good chance he will miss his third consecutive game on Sunday when the Vikings play at Green Bay.
"We'll see where he is (Friday)," coach Leslie Frazier said after Thursday's practice. "See if we can get him some work."
Harvin, who leads the Vikings with 62 receptions for 677 yards and three touchdowns, was injured in the team's 30-20 loss on Nov. 4 at Seattle. He missed the following Sunday's game against Detroit, then had the bye week to rest.
However, Harvin still wasn't ready to go last Sunday in the Vikings' 28-10 loss at Chicago.
Asked if he was hopeful Harvin could play this weekend, Frazier said: "(I'm) kind of holding out (hope). I don't want to get too high or too low. It would be a big boost to us to have him but we'll have to see how he does (Friday)."
That, of course, is if Harvin feels he can practice. If Harvin doesn't get on the field Friday, it appears nearly certain he won't play at Lambeau Field.
"It would be hard to put him out there in a game without seeing him run around a little bit more than what he did on Wednesday," Frazier said. "We'll see what he can do (Friday), if he can do anything."
Considering the amount of time Harvin has missed, Frazier was asked if the injury was a high ankle sprain, something that keeps players out longer than a usual ankle sprain, or some type of other issue.
"It's still a sprain," Frazier said. "I haven't been told high ankle. So, you just have to work through it and pain tolerance is the key. How much he can tolerate?"
Frazier also said he would need to be sure Harvin could protect himself before he would dress him for a game.
"If he were at risk of not being able to protect himself, if he caught a ball or if someone came up and he was blocking, you wouldn't want to jeopardize him in that case," Frazier said. "So only if he could protect himself."
Harvin was the only Vikings player to miss all of Thursday's practice.
Tight end Kyle Rudolph (concussion/shoulder) was able to take part on a limited basis after sitting out Wednesday. Linebacker Jasper Brinkley (shoulder), right tackle Phil Loadholt (knee), safety Harrison Smith (concussion) and cornerback Antoine Winfield (knee) also were limited.
Defensive end Jared Allen (shoulder/back), defensive tackle Letroy Guion (foot), running back Adrian Peterson (shoulder) and punter Chris Kluwe (left knee) remain on the injury report but have not missed practice time this week.