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Updated: April 3rd, 2012 2:55pm
Notebook: Bone spurs in Percy Harvin's shoulder flared while lifting

Notebook: Bone spurs in Percy Harvin's shoulder flared while lifting

by Tom Pelissero
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EDINA, Minn. -- The shoulder injury that will send Percy Harvin into surgery occurred during the season, Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said on Tuesday, but the standout receiver only reported discomfort and underwent an MRI after it flared up during a weightlifting session last month.

Harvin first revealed the injury via Twitter on Tuesday. It's a minor procedure to clean out bone spurs in one of the receiver's shoulders, NFL sources said, and Frazier confirmed Harvin should be ready when organized team activity practices begin on May 29.

"It actually dates back to the season, but he was feeling pain the last ... two or three weeks," Frazier said before attending an Athletes in Action luncheon at the Westin.

"He was feeling some pain. He was lifting weights and he just felt like, 'You know what? I need to get this checked out because this is continuing to bother me.' So, he flew up and went over and did an MRI and saw some things that we probably need to get taken care of."

Harvin was listed on the injury report in seven of 17 weeks last season because of illness and rib and finger injuries, but never the shoulder. He played only 600 snaps (57.9%) on offense but nonetheless racked up 1,832 yards on 155 touches, including kickoff returns of 103 and 104 yards.

"He had a little damage around the AC joint," Frazier said. "He had an AC sprain during the season and he continued to play and just created some soreness there. So, they've got to go in and do a little arthroscopic work and clean it up a little bit."

Frazier said he wasn't sure which shoulder is injured and that no date or venue has been set for surgery, although it's likely that'll happen within the next week or two.

Vetting process

Frazier and most of the coaching staff attended Tuesday's luncheon while NFL Draft prospects arrived at Vikings headquarters for the team's annual "Top 30" event.

As they have in past years, the Vikings are using most, if not all, of their 30 allotted visits with prospects at once. Southern California tackle Matt Kalil, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon were expected to attend, among others.

"I'll get a chance to talk to just about every guy that comes in," Frazier said. "So, I'll be pretty busy in this time. But what you're hoping to accomplish is getting to know the guys a little bit better. Some of these players are going to eventually be Vikings we hope, and so you want to make sure you have a good feel for them as people."

No ceiling for Kalil

Vikings offensive line coach Jeff Davidson chose his words carefully about Kalil, who remains the prohibitive favorite to be the team's choice with the No. 3 overall pick.

But Davidson offered praise for Kalil's potential when asked about the USC standout's ceiling.

"Do I think he has a ceiling? No," Davidson said. "I think he's a pretty good player. I'm going to leave it just at that. ... There's a lot good players in this draft. He's one of them that we would be interested in."

Fusco at guard?

The five-year contract center John Sullivan signed in December means Brandon Fusco's best chance to start will be at guard -- and Davidson indicated last year's sixth-round pick out of Division II Slippery Rock should get a long look.

"Oh, I would say there's a strong chance of that, yes," Davidson said of Fusco, who held up OK in 25 snaps over two fill-in appearances at left guard as a rookie.

"And he's shown -- he's played a little bit last year. ... We're excited about what we saw. Not willing to say that it's his job. It will be a competition, and I think competition makes everybody better."

The Vikings cut veteran guards Steve Hutchinson and Anthony Herrera last month, leaving both starting jobs in flux.

If the Vikings draft Kalil, Charlie Johnson probably would join a guard competition that includes Fusco, Joe Berger, practice-squad holdover Chris DeGeare and Geoff Schwartz, who started for Carolina in 2010 while Davidson was the offensive coordinator there.

"We're getting there," Davidson said of depth at the position. "We're still looking for more."

Message for the people

Dungy was in town to headline the Athletes in Action fellowship luncheon and related events at Bethel College and the University of Minnesota.

Athletes in Action is a global sports ministry working with college and professional athletes. Dungy, a "U" alumnus and former NFL coach, has been public about the impact of his Christian faith on his life and career.

"To this group, it's really talking about leadership," Dungy said. "We're going to talk about it from lot of standpoints, but really the way I tried to lead my teams, and I think it applies to sports, it applies to football, but also applies to business or family or anything else."

Most of the Vikings coaching staff was in attendance for the event, along with a group of former Vikings including Carl Eller and Minnesota Twins legend Tony Oliva.

Quick hits

• Frazier confirmed the sprained medial collateral ligament HB Toby Gerhart suffered in the season finale is a nonissue. "Yeah, he's doing fine," Frazier said. "Not going to have to have surgery. Should be good to go when we start our OTAs."

• Dungy said he was approached about the "U" athletic director search but made clear he's not interested. "I did hear a little bit about it," Dungy said, "but I think I've kind of indicated to people I'm really happy doing what I'm and enjoying life. Never went farther than that."

• Davidson has been off crutches for nearly a month and said he feels "great" after undergoing hip replacement surgery in January. "I'm nine weeks post-op now," Davidson said. "I feel great and I'm excited for actually being able to take steps without pain. This has actually been fun for me here the last three or four weeks."

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