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Updated: December 10th, 2010 2:02pm
Percy Harvin doubtful for Sunday; health remains 'touch-and-go'

Percy Harvin doubtful for Sunday; health remains 'touch-and-go'

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- It appears all but certain Percy Harvin's migraines will keep him out for a second consecutive game.

The Minnesota Vikings' leading receiver was listed as doubtful on the injury report after missing a fifth consecutive practice on Friday, and interim coach Leslie Frazier said it would be "very, very difficult to get him up to speed" for Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

"Talked to him just (Thursday)," Frazier said. "It's going to be touch-and-go."

Harvin hasn't been on the practice field since Dec. 1, when he suffered the latest in the series of migraine headaches he's experienced since childhood.

He didn't play last weekend against Buffalo, and though Frazier said on Monday afternoon the headache had cleared, Harvin apparently had a setback in the next 48 hours and didn't practice at all this week.

"Reoccurring is probably a good word," Frazier said, "because he's had migraines before, and when he has those episodes, you don't always know how long they're going to last or the severity of those migraines, and everyone is somewhat different but still somewhat the same. But nobody can deal with it other than the person who's having those migraines.

"In my case, I end up going by what the doctors tell me and also when I communicate with Percy, what he tells me. Right now, no football for right now."

More injuries

Two other players who missed practice all week, cornerback Chris Cook (knee) and safety Tyrell Johnson (knee) were ruled out.

Quarterback Brett Favre (chest/ankle/right shoulder), left guard Steve Hutchinson (thumb), left end Ray Edwards (ankle) and No. 3 quarterback Joe Webb (hamstring) were listed as questionable. All four probably will have their statuses decided on Sunday morning.

Hutchinson didn't practice on Thursday or Friday, though, as he continues to deal with significant pain in the broken right thumb that ended his 123-game starting streak last weekend. Frazier said the decision belongs to Hutchinson.

"Based on what we've seen, it's going to be difficult, because the position he plays requires using your hands every single snap," Frazier said. "So, it's going to be tough, but if anybody can do it, Steve Hutchinson can do it."

Meanwhile, Edwards did "a little bit more" in practice than the team expected, said Frazier, who indicated he was optimistic about Edwards' chances.

Receiver Bernard Berrian (groin), running back Toby Gerhart (hamstring), receiver Greg Lewis (concussion), halfback Adrian Peterson (ankle), receiver Sidney Rice (hip) and safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) all were listed as probable.

In New York

The Giants ruled out backup offensive lineman Shawn Andrews (back), listed center Shaun O'Hara (foot) as doubtful and listed receivers Hakeem Nicks (lower leg) and Steve Smith (pectoral) as questionable.

Nicks, Smith and left tackle David Diehl (hip/hamstring), who is probable, pronounces themselves ready to return earlier in the week.

Also probable are halfback Ahmad Bradshaw (wrist), safety Brian Jackson (hand), defensive back Will Blackmon(chest) and end Osi Umneyiora (knee).

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 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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