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Updated: August 19th, 2010 4:12pm
Early signs say Percy Harvin 'fine' after collapse, but when will he play?

Early signs say Percy Harvin 'fine' after collapse, but when will he play?

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE -- Percy Harvin's scary situation seems to have stabilized.

Hours after the Minnesota Vikings' talented playmaker collapsed during an apparent migraine-related episode, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported early signs are "encouraging," and Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian backed up that report on Twitter.

"Percy's doin fine everyone," Berrian wrote. "Prayers still goin out though."

At 5:32 p.m., the Vikings issued a statement from coach Brad Childress: "Percy appreciates everyone's concern. He is alert and resting comfortably, but will remain in the hospital overnight."

Harvin, who has battled chronic migraines for years, was taken to a local hospital after collapsing around 12:10 p.m. Thursday. Childress indicated the catalyst was a migraine that developed when Harvin looked into the sky for a punt during a pre-practice special teams session.

The 22-year-old receiver skipped the Vikings' entire offseason program except the mandatory minicamp and missed all but the first two days of training camp while grieving the death of his grandmother and then dealing with migraines.

He returned for practice Monday through Wednesday, only to drop out again on Thursday in a frightening incident that delayed and eventually ended practice.

Throw in part of a camp practice he missed after tweaking an ankle, and Harvin has participated fully in only seven of 34 days of practice since last season ended.

While some of those absences are unavoidable -- Thursday provided proof for any doubters -- and his general conditioning isn't in doubt, his lack of work raises questions about how soon he can be in game shape, with the season opener only three weeks away.

It's hard to imagine Harvin traveling for Sunday's preseason game at San Francisco, and starters aren't expected to play much if at all in the preseason finale Sept. 2 against Denver. So, any exhibition work Harvin gets likely would be on Aug. 28 against Seattle -- and that's assuming Harvin is out of the hospital and feeling well enough to get on the field for practice next week.

Harvin missed one game last season and several chunks of practice while dealing with migraines. After Thursday's incident, there have to be renewed concerns within the Vikings organization about whether the issue will crop up even more often this season.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 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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