'Sore and tender' Percy Harvin misses practice; Jenkins hurting, too
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Percy Harvin stayed in the Twin Cities to have his injured left ankle treated during the bye week, but he still isn't ready to return to the field.
Harvin was absent as the Minnesota Vikings resumed practice on Monday, 15 days after he sprained the ankle in a Nov. 4 loss at Seattle.
"Most of the swelling is gone," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. "It's just sore and pretty tender right now. So, we'll see how he feels when we come back on Wednesday."
Harvin returned to the game against the Seahawks but was on crutches the next day and said the ankle was sprained in three places. He last was seen in the locker room on Nov. 8, off the crutches but still limping badly, and didn't play three days later against Detroit.
Frazier said after the Lions game he expected Harvin to be ready after the bye. The Vikings return to action on Sunday against Chicago.
Asked on Monday if Harvin had a setback, Frazier said, "No setback. Just hasn't made enough progress to put him out there yet. So, we'll see how he does on Wednesday. I was hoping that he would have been ready to go and get a little work (Monday), but that wasn't the case."
Harvin leads the team with 62 catches for 677 yards and five total touchdowns. In his absence against the Lions, quarterback Christian Ponder completed passes to 10 players (including himself) and finished with 221 yards on 24-of-32 passing (75%) in a 34-24 win.
"We really want Percy back and hopefully he will be back," Ponder said. "Obviously, we know he's a big part of this offense. But I think it gives confidence to everyone else that we can do some things without him and we can spread the ball around a little bit."
Another receiver, veteran Michael Jenkins, also was absent from practice after complaining of soreness in one of his feet during a trip home for the bye.
"We did an MRI (on Monday), found out there is nothing is structurally wrong," Frazier said. "But he's pretty sore and tender, so we gave him (Monday) morning off and we'll see how he feels on Wednesday."
Frazier said he believed Jenkins injured the foot in the Lions game. Jenkins hasn't appeared on the injury report since Week 5, when he was listed with a rib injury but played against Tennessee.
The Vikings have four other receivers on the 53-man roster: Jerome Simpson, Devin Aromashodu, Stephen Burton and rookie Jarius Wright, who made his NFL debut against Detroit and had three catches for 65 yards and a touchdown.
In other injury news, Vikings nose tackle Letroy Guion (turf toe) returned to practice on a limited basis.
By rule, the team doesn't have to file an official injury report until Wednesday.