Notebook: Percy Harvin returned 'in a good frame of mind,' coach says
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Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier confirmed on Tuesday that Percy Harvin recently returned for his exit physical but acknowledged the talented-but-volatile receiver's future remains up in the air.
"We definitely had to talk just in general about a lot of things," Frazier said in an interview with 1500 ESPN's "Judd & Dubay" show. "We had a good conversation. We talked, and it was good conversation. So, hopefully, everything will work out."
Harvin suffered a significant left ankle injury in a Nov. 4 loss at Seattle and was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 5. He left the Twin Cities shortly thereafter to rehab near his home in Florida and didn't return during the Vikings' run to earn an NFC wild card.
That contributed to speculation several high-profile incidents -- including a brief trade demand during the team's June minicamp and at least two heated confrontations with Frazier during the season -- would lead the Vikings to trade him in the offseason.
General manager Rick Spielman downplayed those issues in a session with reporters last month, but both sides have decisions to make on a possible contract extension. The plan always has been to redo the final year of Harvin's rookie deal, which is scheduled to pay him $2,927,500 in 2013.
Asked if taking some time away was good for Harvin, Frazier said, "I would think so. I think the fact that he was able to get healthy -- that's the main thing, that he's healthy now. That puts him in a good frame of mind, and we'll see where it goes from there."
Harvin, 24, didn't need surgery on the ankle but did undergo an emergency appendectomy on Dec. 15. He hasn't spoken with reporters, other than to release a statement on the day he was placed on IR saying the ankle "has just not allowed me to progress to the point where I can help our team."
The exit physical "went well. He's fine," Frazier said. "He's cleared. So, all that was good. All the medicals were good."
Frazier reiterated what he said about the Vikings' coaching staff at his season-ending media conference: unless someone chooses to leave, there will be no changes for 2013.
"All our guys will be back," Frazier said.
Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer and co-linebackers coach Mike Singletary interviewed for the Chicago Bears' head coaching job that went to Marc Trestman.
The only known defection is Frazier's assistant, Cameron Turner, who joined his father Ron's staff at Florida International University as quarterbacks/receivers coach.
According to the Vikings' website, Turner was replaced by Jeff Howard, a former defensive graduate assistant at Texas Tech.
The coaching staff spent time last month at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. They'll soon turn their attention to meetings on the rest of the draft class in preparation for the NFL scouting combine, which begins on Feb. 20 in Indianapolis.
"With so many juniors coming out ... it's going to be a deep draft, you would think with all the talent that will be available," Frazier said, referring to the record 75 underclassmen who have declared.
"So, we'll be going through this process before going to the combine, just trying to evaluate these college players and get a feel for them and try to be able to stack them and order them and determine which guys we'll go after. And then you've got NFL free agency right around the corner. We'll have to look at the NFL free agents, try to grade them, try to figure out what guys we're going to be interested in to try to bring to Minnesota."
Veter free agency begins on March 12.