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Updated: September 20th, 2010 1:07pm
Childress: No structural damage for Harvin; Leber 'dramatically improved'

Childress: No structural damage for Harvin; Leber 'dramatically improved'

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Vikings seem to have avoided significant injuries with both starters who left Sunday's game, but the status of receiver Percy Harvin remains somewhat tenuous.

According to Vikings coach Brad Childress, Harvin on Monday underwent an MRI that showed a strain and not structural damage to his injured hip.

"He's doing better," Childress said of Harvin, who was in and out of Sunday's 14-10 loss to Miami after aggravating the injury in the second quarter.

"Those are, unfortunately, nagging kind of things around there. There's nothing that's dramatic going on there, which is always something that you attempt to alleviate."

Childress indicated Harvin made less progress overnight than weakside linebacker Ben Leber, who was "dramatically improved" less than 24 hours after being carted off the field with a lower-back injury.

"As a matter of fact, it must have been a twist or a turn, because it's hard to find anything on tape that would lead you to believe that he did get hurt," Childress said.

Leber was dealing with "tweaked muscles by the spinal column," Childress said. "I'm not sure if it's soft tissue or hard tissue. But as I said, typically, when you spasm or something of that nature, it can improve overnight, and it didn't even come close to getting worse."

Asked whether both players could be available for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, Childress said only, "There's always a chance."

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