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Updated: November 11th, 2012 10:37am
Percy Harvin sits out against Lions, but should return after bye week

Percy Harvin sits out against Lions, but should return after bye week

by Judd Zulgad
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Wide receiver Percy Harvin was among the Minnesota Vikings' inactives for Sunday's game against Detroit at the Metrodome.

The move was no surprise. Harvin suffered a sprained left ankle in the third quarter last Sunday at Seattle. He returned to the game but was on crutches on Monday, still was having trouble walking on Thursday and didn't practice all week.

"Probably had a good inclination after I talked with him on Friday and talked with our medical staff," coach Leslie Frazier said after the game, "that it was highly unlikely he'd be able to play unless something dramatically changed that Saturday. We left Friday knowing it was unlikely he'd be able to play in this ballgame."

Harvin officially was listed as doubtful (25% chance of playing) on the injury report. He now will get the benefit of a two-week break because the Vikings have a bye coming up.

Asked if the Vikings expect him back in the lineup on Nov. 25 at Chicago, Frazier said, "We do. We do, for sure."

Rookie receiver Jarius Wright, the fourth-round pick out of Arkansas, was active in Harvin's place and had a 54-yard catch on the opening possession. He finished with three catches for 65 yards.

Michael Jenkins was listed as the starter in Harvin's place. He had two catches for 12 yards.

Nose tackle Letroy Guion also was inactive for the Vikings after suffering a turf toe injury against the Seahawks. Fred Evans took his place.

The Vikings other inactives were quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, cornerback Brandon Burton, linebacker Marvin Mitchell, guard Mark Asper and tight end Allen Reisner.

Mitchell was not listed on the injury report last week and had played in the past three games.

Strong safety Mistral Raymond also was active after missing the past six games because of a partially dislocated ankle. Jamarca Sanford remained the starter at strong safety but Raymond rotated in.

The Lions' inactive list included quarterback Kellen Moore; safeties Louis Delmas (knee) and Amari Spivey (concussion); tackles Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard (knee); wide receiver Brian Robiskie; and defensive tackle Corey Williams (knee).

That means both the Lions' starting safeties were out. Erik Coleman replaced Spievey at strong safety and Ricardo Silva replaced Delmas at free safety.

Fairley started in place of Williams at defensive tackle.

Tom Pelissero contributed.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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