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Updated: August 16th, 2011 4:40pm
Percy Harvin drops out of practice again, indicates it's no big deal

Percy Harvin drops out of practice again, indicates it's no big deal

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Percy Harvin made it through training camp mostly healthy, but it appears his ailing ribs may still be bothering him.

Harvin dropped out of the Minnesota Vikings' practice on Tuesday and received attention from head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman before watching the rest of practice from the sideline. He appeared to be in good spirits and gave a thumbs-up and a smile when asked by a reporter about his health.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier didn't speak with reporters after practice. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said he didn't know if Harvin "still has his ribs bothering him or not, but we'll check."

Harvin also dropped out of practice on Aug. 8 because he was winded and the ribs were sore. It's still been a far smoother start than a year ago, when Harvin missed 36 full practices and parts of at least 13 others because of a death in the family, migraines and an allergic reaction to medication, plus hip and ankle injures.

Undrafted rookie linebacker Jonathan Gilmore dropped out of practice, too, after experiencing chest pains. He was taken on a cart to the locker room. No update was available on his status.

Sitting out all of practice were: tight end Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring), linebacker Heath Farwell (hamstring), linebacker Kenny Onatolu (foot), end D'Aundre Reed (calf) and cornerback Simeon Castille (hamstring). Shiancoe and Onatolu are expected to miss a second straight preseason game on Saturday at Seattle.

Tackle Thomas Welch (glute) returned to practice, and right guard Anthony Herrera (knee/triceps) increased his workload in his second day back, taking about a dozen snaps with the first-team offense during 11-on-11 drills.

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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