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Updated: November 7th, 2012 12:27pm
Percy Harvin, Letroy Guion miss practice, but Vikings hopeful for game

Percy Harvin, Letroy Guion miss practice, but Vikings hopeful for game

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Percy Harvin missed Wednesday's practice, but Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said his top receiver was "making improvements" three days after spraining his left ankle in a loss to Seattle.

"Percy is doing better," Frazier said. "He won't practice (Wednesday). We'll take it day to day, see how he feels (Thursday)."

Harvin, who was on crutches when he told reporters on Monday he's a "long shot" to play in this week's game against Detroit, wasn't seen in the locker room on Wednesday.

He leads the Vikings with 62 receptions for 677 yards and would be a significant loss if he can't go against the Lions.

"Obviously, we want him in," quarterback Christian Ponder said. "But if not, I don't know if we're going to have Jarius Wright up or whoever. But we'll have guys step in and we can do it without him."

Frazier said the Vikings are getting rookie receiver Jarius Wright ready "just in case" but expressed optimism Harvin and nose tackle Letroy Guion (turf toe) will be available for the game.

"I'm hoping that they both make it," Frazier said. "I'll learn more as the week goes on. But I'm hoping by Friday, they can both participate to some degree."

Guion injured the toe just before halftime against the Seahawks, Frazier said. He missed Wednesday's practice, too.

"It affected him, particularly in that last series," Frazier said. "He struggled. Probably should have got him out of there."

Meanwhile, tight end John Carlson returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a concussion against Arizona on Oct. 21.

Asked if the Vikings will have to ease Carlson back into action, Frazier said, "Some of it will depend on how he does this week in practice. Coming off a concussion, there are some things we need to see as the week goes on. But we're hoping he'll be a factor in this game.

"We need him. We need all the weapons we can get in a game like this."

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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