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Updated: December 9th, 2010 1:18pm
Brett Favre sits out practice again; Percy Harvin still absent, too

Brett Favre sits out practice again; Percy Harvin still absent, too

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Thursday was supposed to be the day Brett Favre tested his ailing shoulder.

He never got to the point of attempting a pass.

The Minnesota Vikings' quarterback did not do any throwing in practice on Thursday afternoon, interim coach Leslie Frazier said, save for tossing a few balls left-handed during the sliver of practice reporters were allowed to see.

"He tested some things (Thursday) morning in the walkthrough and just didn't didn't feel comfortable in going much farther (Thursday) afternoon," Frazier said, reiterating Favre's status "probably" will be decided on the morning of Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

"We said, hey, we'll wait until (Friday). Get another day's rest and take a look at it (Friday), hopefully."

Favre, who has started 297 consecutive regular-season games, sprained the sternoclavicular joint near his throwing shoulder on the opening series of Sunday's win over Buffalo. He said on Wednesday he would know by Friday whether he could make it 298.

However, Frazier said he would allow Favre to test the injury even if he misses the Vikings' final full practice on Friday.

"We would take a look Sunday morning," Frazier said. "If he's able to go out and throw the football, move around, it could end up being a game-time decision just because of what he's been able to do in the past. That scenario is still a possibility."

Frazier also wouldn't rule out activating Favre and not starting him, saying the team would "like to at least have him as a backup." The one thing Frazier said he wouldn't consider is playing Favre if the 41-year-old doesn't have enough velocity to throw deep.

"I would not be comfortable doing that, and I don't think Brett would want to do that either," Frazier said. "That wouldn't be Brett, because he has great velocity on his balls. That wouldn't be good."

Favre -- who is not scheduled to speak with local reporters again until Sunday -- barely even moved his right arm while the media was present at practice. He did appear to be in good spirits, though, at one point smiling and joking with halfback Adrian Peterson.

"He's fighting hard to get back like he has numerous, numerous times before," said kicker Ryan Longwell, Favre's best friend on the team. "But I think the streak, to him, is not as important as the outside people think. He just wants to give the team the best chance to win, and that's always been his reason for coming back and playing, is he feels he does. So, he's doing the same thing this week."

It was unclear when the decision was made to wait another day. Roughly an hour before practice, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said the plan still was for Favre to try to throw in the afternoon.

"I think he's made some progress," Bevell said. "He has a little bit more range of motion. I see him stretching and moving around. I still think he's obviously in some pain, particularly sleeping is not very comfortable -- you put it on the left, put it on the right, it's still pretty painful."

Said Frazier, "He's positive. He's Brett. He's been through so many things in his career when it comes to injuries, and he's been able to overcome them. He's been pretty positive. But at the same time, he's reserved, because he told me, 'I've never had an injury like this before. This is different than some of the others.' That makes you think a little bit."

Harvin absent again

Percy Harvin was absent again as he continues to battle the migraine headache that prevented him from playing on Sunday, apparently had cleared on Monday and then resurfaced again sometime before the Vikings resumed practice on Wednesday.

"Still just doing what he has to do," Frazier said. "We'll just take it slow with him."

Harvin was not at the team facility at all on Thursday, according to Frazier, who had expressed optimism on Wednesday about his leading receiver's chances for playing.

Asked if Harvin had a setback, Frazier said, "We were hoping that he'd be able to do something (Thursday). The fact that he couldn't just means we'll move it back another day. Friday's not the end of the world. If he can do some things (Friday), that will be great, and hopefully, that will be the case."

More injuries

• LG Steve Hutchinson (broken right thumb) sat out after getting limited work on Wednesday. "He did OK (on Wednesday), but we want to make sure that he's confident as well in the things he has to do," Frazier said. "They've got a pretty good defensive line, so (Friday), hopefully, we can test it and push him a little more. But it's going to be both a mental and physical thing."

• LE Ray Edwards (high right ankle sprain) "was able to go through some individual (drills), so we have a better feel for where he is," Frazier said. "We'll give him a little bit more (Friday) and then we'll make a decision as we get a little bit closer."

• HB Adrian Peterson (ankle) has "had two good days" of practice," Frazier said. "A little gimpy, but he's better. Tremendously better. You saw what he did in that ballgame (last weekend). As long as he doesn't have a setback, it should be no problems on Sunday."

• Backup HB Toby Gerhart (hamstring) "was able to do more (Thursday), which was a positive sign," Frazier said.

• No. 3 QB Joe Webb "was better (Thursday), so that gives us hope that he'll be able to at least dress on Sunday."

• Favre, Harvin, Hutchinson, Edwards, CB Chris Cook (knees) and S Tyrell Johnson (knee) were listed as nonparticipants in practice, meaning they didn't participate in team drills. Cook and Johnson appear to be long shots for Sunday.

• Webb, Gerhart, Peterson and WR Sidney Rice (hip) were listed as limited. WR Bernard Berrian (groin), WR Greg Lewis (concussion) and S Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) were full participants for a second consecutive day.

• In New York, HB Ahmad Bradshaw (wrist) returned to practice as a full participant, leaving T Shawn Andrews (back) as the only player who did not participate.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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