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Updated: November 24th, 2012 1:59pm
An early call: Vikings downgrade Percy Harvin to 'out' for Sunday's game

An early call: Vikings downgrade Percy Harvin to 'out' for Sunday's game

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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The Chicago Bears got good news Saturday when it was reported that quarterback Jay Cutler will return from a concussion to start Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field.

Shortly after that news broke, the Vikings passed along some information that is far from a positive for their offense.

Standout wide receiver Percy Harvin, who was listed as doubtful on the injury report Friday because of a sprained left ankle, was downgraded to "out" and did not travel with the team to Chicago.

It will be the second consecutive game that Harvin will miss because of the injury suffered on Nov. 4 at Seattle.

Harvin sat out the Vikings' 34-24 victory over the Detroit Lions on Nov. 11 and was replaced by rookie Jarius Wright. Wright made the most of his first opportunity to play in a game this season, catching three passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.

Harvin leads the Vikings with 62 receptions for 677 yards and three touchdowns and has rushed for 96 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown. Harvin also has averaged 35.9 yards and has a touchdown on 16 kickoff returns.

The Vikings were hoping that last week's bye would help Harvin get some rest and return to face the Bears but that did not prove to be the case.

Harvin stretched with the team on Friday and attempted to practice. But when the soreness flared up again, he quickly left the field. 

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Percy Harvin, Jarius Wright
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