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Updated: October 7th, 2010 6:32pm
Notebook: Harvin, Rice endorse Moss trade; Favre's elbow hurting

Notebook: Harvin, Rice endorse Moss trade; Favre's elbow hurting

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- If you ask Percy Harvin, Randy Moss already has made a difference with the Minnesota Vikings' offense.

"He huddled our offense up one time and said, 'Let's get going,' and then you could just tell the tempo of our whole offense picked up," Harvin said on Thursday of Moss, who practiced with the team a day after being acquired in a trade from New England.

"The leadership is there from him. We all just need to learn and put our pieces together, and we're going to be dangerous."

On some level, the Vikings' pursuit of Moss was an indictment of a rotating wideout cast that has struggled to connect with quarterback Brett Favre in the absence of Sidney Rice, last year's top receiver who remains on crutches following hip surgery.

But Harvin and Rice both endorsed the trade in their own ways on Thursday, with Harvin telling reporters he first shared the news with his mother -- "She was like, 'God is good,'" he said -- and Rice writing on his blog that "it was a big thrill" to meet Moss in the locker room.

"This is great for the team," Rice wrote. "We needed a boost right now and to have a great receiver come in, a sure fire Hall of Famer like Randy Moss, is something that could take us to the next level."

One reason for Harvin and Rice to back the move -- as have tight end Visanthe Shiancoe and running back Adrian Peterson, who said "it's like Christmas" -- is because of the attention Moss draws from defenses, even as his skills decline at age 33.

"It remains to be seen how people want to play us," coach Brad Childress said, "how they respect the runner in the backfield, the quarterback under center, the tight end or the other wide out and kind of develop as you go.

"One thing I told the guys (Thursday) is they will need to play themselves into roles as we go every day. You create your own role. If you can do more and you do some things, we'll find different ways to get you the football."

Favre's elbow hurting

The icepack confirmed what the injury report has been saying for weeks: Favre's throwing elbow is giving him some trouble.

"A little bit," Favre said. "I'm not overly concerned about it. But just based on my 20 years, there's been little things that nag here and there. Of course, that's the throwing arm, so a little bit more of a concern. I've probably iced more in the last three weeks than I have in my whole career."

Unlike last season, when he was coming off surgery to repair a ruptured biceps, Favre hasn't been on a "pitch count" to limit his throws in practice. He acknowledged on Thursday he doesn't feel he can miss any more time, given the way the passing game has scuffled since his late return.

"I don't want to say I'm getting overly mental, but I want to be crisp," he said. "I want to be smart about it, but I do need the work. It's not like I'm throwing to these guys for 10 years. Brad (Childress) and I and Darrell (Bevell) and I -- we've talked about how many reps to take and things like that. But I've needed to take as many as I can for obvious reasons, but I'm trying to be smart about it."

Quick hits

• Favre declined to comment on a Deadspin.com report that included voicemails and lurid photos he allegedly sent to a female former Jets employee when he played in New York in 2008. "I'm not getting into that," Favre said. "I've got my hands full with the Jets and am trying to get some timing down with our guys, so that's all I'm going to discuss."

• The Vikings signed T Andrew Gardner to the practice squad to replace WR Logan Payne, who was released on Wednesday. Miami selected Gardner, 24, out of Georgia Tech in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL draft. He's also spent time on Baltimore's practice squad.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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