Percy Harvin misses practice again, visits doctor as migraines persist
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- As expected, Adrian Peterson was on the field when the Minnesota Vikings opened practice on Friday morning.
In terms of Sunday's game against Buffalo, the bigger question mark might be Percy Harvin, who was absent for a third consecutive day.
It was unclear how much Peterson would do in his first practice since spraining his right ankle last weekend at Washington -- reporters only were allowed to watch about 6 minutes of practice. Peterson indicated on Thursday he has made progress with treatment and believed he'd be ready to play against the Bills.
Harvin's status is somewhat more clouded, given that he fell ill on Wednesday with what interim coach Leslie Frazier acknowledged on Thursday was a migraine-related episode.
The second-year playmaker -- who now has missed 33 full practices for a variety of reasons, mostly migraines, since training camp began -- was spotted late Friday morning leaving the Edina clinic where team physician Dr. Sheldon Burns works.
Harvin also has been dealing with a nagging ankle injury suffered Oct. 31 at New England but has yet to miss a game and leads the Vikings with 51 receptions for 627 yards and four touchdowns.
The Vikings are in rough shape at receiver, where Greg Lewis (concussion) is questionable for Sunday, Sidney Rice (hip) sat out practice on Thursday as a precaution, Bernard Berrian (groin) has missed most of the Vikings' past three games and practice-squader Freddie Brown is tending to a family emergency.
Left guard Steve Hutchinson (thumb), end Ray Edwards (ankle) and cornerback Chris Cook (knees) also weren't doing much during the sliver of practice reporters were allowed to see. Of that group, Hutchinson probably has the best chance for playing despite a broken right thumb.