Percy Harvin, Greg Camarillo will sit Saturday as younger WRs get look
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- If the Minnesota Vikings had a regular-season game on Saturday, Percy Harvin says there is "no question" he would be in the lineup.
But it's just an exhibition against the Seattle Seahawks, so Harvin's sore ribs -- like Greg Camarillo's sore groin -- will keep him on the sideline and give coaches a chance to evaluate the handful of receivers competing for the fourth and fifth spots on the roster.
"It's kind of in the stomach area, so they don't want to tweak it blocking and stuff like that," Harvin said after practice on Thursday. "It's one of those nagging little injuries, but I'm fine."
Harvin is penciled in as the starting flanker. Bernard Berrian is the starting split end. Michael Jenkins appears to relatively set in the No. 3 spot, but coach Leslie Frazier dismissed the notion Camarillo also is a lock for the roster, leaving only one job up for grabs.
"We're not sure who the fourth receiver's going to be, we're not certain who the fifth receiver's going to be and we're somewhat certain who the third receiver's going to be," Frazier said. "But there is a battle for that fourth and fifth spot for sure. So, special teams will factor in and nobody's really nailed down those spots yet."
Of the three rookie receivers on the roster, seventh-round pick Stephen Burton has struggled consistently, while there has been incremental improvement from undrafted Domonique Johnson and Andre Holmes, the 6-foot-5 project from Hillsdale (Mich.) College who made a leaping touchdown grab over Brandon Burton on Thursday.
The entire group stands to get a lot of action at Seattle, with the starters slated for extended action in the third exhibition game one week later against Dallas.
"That's one of the reasons we didn't want to rush Percy or Greg," Frazier said. "If this were an in-season game, things might be a little bit different. But we really need to evaluate that position, and when we talked about it, we said, 'Hey, you know what? We know Camarillo. We know Percy. We need to get to know these other guys much better so we can make the right decision.'"
Harvin -- who patrolled the sideline with a play sheet during Thursday's practice to mentally recite the new terminology -- won't be the only starter missing on Saturday.
Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring) will sit out again, along with reserve linebackers Heath Farwell (hamstring) and Kenny Onatolu (foot), guard Anthony Herrera (knee) and perhaps cornerback Asher Allen, who was scratched from practice because of a sore toe.