Is Percy Harvin's season over? 'Hard to say,' Vikings coach says
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Percy Harvin wasn't ready to test his ailing left ankle in Wednesday's practice after all, and Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier wouldn't rule out the possibility the talented receiver's season is over.
"Hard to say," Frazier said. "Hard to say."
Harvin hasn't made it through a full practice since spraining the ankle on Nov. 4 at Seattle. On Tuesday, 1500ESPN.com reported Harvin had a Grade 3 sprain, which involves a full ligament tear and can take four to six weeks to completely heal.
Frazier declined to go into detail about the injury, saying only that Harvin has "(d)one pretty much the things that the trainers have asked him to do, but he won't be practicing (Wednesday)."
He wouldn't rule out Harvin playing in Sunday's pivotal NFC North Division showdown with Chicago but didn't sound optimistic about that possibility either, saying he'd know more on Thursday.
Asked if there are other issues besides the ankle at play, Frazier paused and said, "You know ... I know that he wants to win like we do, and I'm sure he's going to do everything he can to do what he has to do to help our football team, and we'll see where it goes."
Harvin was a limited participant in last Wednesday's practice but plainly had trouble trying to turn on the ankle.
Has anything changed over the past week?
"Not a whole lot," Frazier said.
So, it's the same situation?
"Pretty much. There are some things -- just go to see what's going to happen with."
That could indicate Harvin is contemplating surgery, although his history suggests there could be another issue at play altogether.
Most recent, Harvin told reporters during the Vikings' June minicamp that he was upset over issues he wouldn't disclose and briefly demanded a trade before a conversation with Frazier placated him.
Despite missing the past three games because of the ankle, Harvin leads the Vikings with 62 receptions -- 32 more than Michael Jenkins, who ranks second among receivers with 30 -- for 677 yards, and the passing game has been underwhelming the past two weeks.
Harvin wasn't in the locker room during the 45 minutes it was open to reporters on Wednesday.