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Updated: August 4th, 2010 7:54pm
Notebook: Timetables still unclear on returns of Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice

Notebook: Timetables still unclear on returns of Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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MANKATO, Minn. -- The timetable remains unclear for the Minnesota Vikings to have their top two receivers back on the field.

Percy Harvin is at his home in Eden Prairie, according to coach Brad Childress, who said on Wednesday he still doesn't know when Harvin will rejoin the team after the death of his grandmother.

And Sidney Rice's return from the physically unable to perform list is "probably a ways away yet," Childress said, as he continues to do rehabilitation on his ailing hip.

Harvin hasn't practiced since Saturday, when he gave the Vikings a scare by tweaking an ankle in the morning session but was back on the field in the evening.

He provided one clue on his Facebook page Wednesday morning, writing "today an angel is put to rest" -- presumably in reference to the funeral.

Meanwhile, Rice continued to run on an adjacent practice field under the close watch of trainers while Bernard Berrian and Greg Lewis worked as the starting receivers for a fourth consecutive day.

"I think what's happening with those two guys is they're getting (time) all the way across the board, where Bernard was a one-position guy last year," Childress said. "Like we did in the OTAs, we're starting to bump him around a little bit, and I think that'll help all of us."

Reynaud injured

Running back/punt returner Darius Reynaud was carted off the field near the end of the afternoon special-teams practice.

Reynaud's injury wasn't known, but he had his left shoe off as a trainer drove him away.

Taye Biddle, Lito Sheppard and rookie Marcus Sherels caught punts in practice, and others, including rookie Ray Small, also are expected to get a chance to unseat Reynaud in camp.

Beating the heat

Temperatures once again pushed 90 degrees after two hot, humid days Childress called "probably the two toughest I can remember in my four, five years here."

Heat-related problems have been few for players, though. Cornerback Benny Sapp dropped out of Saturday's morning practice because of dehydration, and left tackle Bryant McKinnie headed to the cool-down tent on Tuesday, but that's about it.

"Not only does it see which guys are in great condition -- and we have had to administer very few IVs -- just tells you the guys came back in great shape," Childress said. "You find some toughness things about guys, too."

Health watch

Starting running back Adrian Peterson, who hasn't been a full participant in practice since experiencing tightness in his left leg on Saturday, wasn't even in pads for Wednesday morning's full-squad practice.

Peterson said on Tuesday he expects to be OK in "a few days," but this was the first time he didn't dress and at least go through individual drills.

"It is important to get Adrian as many reps as he can," offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. "He is still a relatively young player. When he first got here it was 'turn around, hand the ball and let him run.' He can still bring himself along in terms of nuances of the offense, reading the zone play, picking up protection, those types of things."

Backup linebacker J Leman sat out both practices for undisclosed reasons.

Quick hits

• Coaches continue to praise QB Tarvaris Jackson's work with the No. 1 offense, but his production has been uneven at best. He completed only 3 of 11 passes in team (11-on-11) periods on Wednesday and also took a sack. Sage Rosenfels was 4-for-5 passing and Joe Webb 4-for-7.

Albert Young remains ahead of rookie Toby Gerhart on the depth chart at halfback, and Bevell acknowledged Young is the front-runner for third-down duties, too. "Yes, because he's been here and he is familiar with it," Bevell said. "He's seen it year-in and year-out the last couple years, so he's ahead of picking up protection and running those routes."

• Two-a-days continue on Thursday with two full-squad practices.

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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