Updated: July 31st, 2010 6:58pm
What scare? Percy Harvin returns to practice hours after tweaking ankle

What scare? Percy Harvin returns to practice hours after tweaking ankle

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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MANKATO, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings' first injury scare of training camp didn't end up being much of a scare at all.

Carted away from the sideline after tweaking an ankle in Saturday's morning practice, Percy Harvin was back in pads for the evening session and reported no ill effects.

"It hurt at first (and) it swelled up," Harvin said, "but we got the swelling to go down and I was able to come out here and do a little something."

The explosive second-year receiver and return man did say he expects to continue receiving treatment on the ankle. But his quick return to action had to be something of a relief to the Vikings, who also have been practicing without top receiver Sidney Rice (hip).

Asked if he was a concerned after Harvin left, coach Brad Childress said, "No. All these guys are on and back off. Adrian (Peterson) tightened up a little bit. He came back in. Percy got back in. Some of it's muscle. Some of it's coming down hard. But it's training camp."

Peterson's workload in the night session -- the second half of which was held under the lights inside Blakeslee Stadium -- was extremely limited. Albert Young took the bulk of reps at halfback with the No. 1 offense.

Not Sage's night

Childress pointed to the tempo of younger players for a sloppy offensive performance in the night session, but veteran Sage Rosenfels struggled as much as anyone.

Primarily running the No. 2 offense, Rosenfels threw four interceptions -- one in 7-on-7 passing drills and three in 11-on-11 -- during the competitive periods of practice.

Cornerback Antoine Winfield got him twice, both on in-breaking routes against receiver Jaymar Johnson. Linebacker Erin Henderson made perhaps the play of the day with a leaping interception on a pass for Taye Biddle, and safety Husain Abdullah stepped underneath tight end Garrett Mills for interception No. 4.

Rosenfels finished 8-for-13 passing in team drills. Tarvaris Jackson was 7-for-10 and Joe Webb 3-for-5.

Quick hits

• C John Sullivan limped off after a running play during a team drill and didn't return. "Kicked, I guess," Childress said. Jon Cooper finished practice with the starters.

• LB E.J. Henderson didn't participate in the night session, and Childress indicated he'll remain on a one-a-day practice schedule as the team monitors his ongoing recovery from a fractured femur. "We're kind of spoon-feeding him," Childress said. "You just always want to go back and see where he is tomorrow and see where he is tomorrow and see where he is tomorrow, and somewhere, we'll get him in some of that team stuff. But he's just happy to be out there moving around."

• WR Marko Mitchell, claimed off waivers last month from Detroit, made perhaps the best offensive play of camp so far -- an over-the-shoulder grab down the right sideline against CB Marcus Sherels. Webb's pass was a little underthrown, and Mitchell came back for the grab.

• Childress described Webb's camp so far as "just rough, like most first-year quarterbacks that are taking third-string turns. ... But he's got an aptitude, and you can see the arm strength. Now, you see some (bad) stuff, but a lot of times, guys are thinking so much that they can't let their God-given athletic ability come out, and you just want to keep accelerating that curve."

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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