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Updated: August 20th, 2010 11:55am
Percy Harvin released from hospital, on hand to watch practice

Percy Harvin released from hospital, on hand to watch practice

by Phil Mackey
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Less than 24 hours after collapsing in the midst of a frightening migraine episode, Percy Harvin was back on the practice field and in good spirits as the Minnesota Vikings began practice on Friday morning.

"Obviously, he's much improved," Vikings coach Brad Childress said.

Harvin left the field by ambulance on Thursday and spent the night in a local hospital. But he was smiling as he stood on the sideline for about 15 minutes in shorts and a T-shirt on Friday, clutching a bottle of Gatorade and chatting with teammates, coaches and team officials.

Harvin has dealt with migraines since childhood, but rarely had an incident been so public and extreme. He won't travel for Sunday's preseason game at San Francisco, and Childress said there is no timetable for Harvin's return, noting more tests still are being completed.

"I don't know that we're going to solve that riddle immediately," Childress said. "I don't think there's any quick fixes. I think it's going to be a work in progress."

Harvin also missed 21 of 24 training-camp practices in part because of migraines. He still hasn't spoken with reporters since he rejoined teammates on Monday after a 15-day absence.

"The fact is he has played and played well in games (when) he's had a migraine the week of the game," Childress said. "It's just a matter of whether it's a short one, a hard one, a two-day one and then what he is able to get out of the game plan."

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Brad Childress, Percy Harvin