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Updated: November 12th, 2012 4:40pm
Leslie Frazier makes no promises that Jarius Wright will play vs. Bears

Leslie Frazier makes no promises that Jarius Wright will play vs. Bears

by Judd Zulgad
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- After being inactive for the first nine games of the season, Jarius Wright delivered a key performance in the Minnesota Vikings' 34-24 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Wright, who was active because Percy Harvin sat out due to an ankle injury, caught three passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. Wright's 54-yard reception on the Vikings' fifth offensive play of the game set up his 3-yard touchdown catch that opened the scoring.

That type of production would seem enough to keep Wright on the active list, considering the Vikings' need for receivers. But coach Leslie Frazier gave no assurances Monday that Wright would be on the field when the Vikings play the Chicago Bears on Nov. 25 at Soldier Field.

With the Vikings having their bye this week, Harvin is expected to be ready to return when they play a week from Sunday.

"It will always be week-to-week with some guys," Frazier said when asked about Wright and the decision-making process of whether he would play. "It probably won't be any different with Jarius. We'll take a look at him every week and determine if this is a week he's going to be up. He definitely did some things to warrant considering him every week going forward."

Because Harvin and Wright have similar physical builds - Harvin is listed at 5-foot-11, 184 pounds and Wright is listed at 5-10, 180 - the feeling seems to be that they aren't a very good fit to be on the field at the same time.

The common belief is that the wide receivers who are best at stretching the field in the vertical passing game are guys like Jerome Simpson, who is 6-2, 189 pounds.

But after seeing Wright serve as a down-the-field threat early Sunday, Frazier was asked if he could envision using Harvin and Wright together, with one lining up as an outside receiver.

"If you believe a guy can really help you get it done, you'll figure out a way to make that work numbers-wise," he said. "It does mean you have to put someone else down if you dress five wide receivers. But there are ways we can get that done if we want both of them on the field."

Wright, a fourth-round pick out of Arkansas, also sees no reason why he wouldn't be a good fit if paired with Harvin.

"There is definitely room for me and Percy on the field at the same time," he said. "And I'm sure in the future, you might get a chance to see some of that. Me and Percy do bring similar styles of game to the field. But, at the same time, who's complaining about what me or Percy brings to the game?"

Wright, meanwhile, has continued to make it clear he isn't going to press the issue if he is inactive again.

Asked if he expected to play against the Bears, Wright only would say he's hoping that's the case on a special day for him. "I really can't call it," Wright said. "Hopefully, I'll get a chance to be active on my birthday."

Wright will turn 23 on the day of the Bears game. 

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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