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Updated: December 16th, 2010 1:37pm
Percy Harvin finally returns to practice; Adrian Peterson sits out

Percy Harvin finally returns to practice; Adrian Peterson sits out

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Percy Harvin is back. Finally. For now.

The Minnesota Vikings' leading receiver returned to the practice field on Thursday morning for the first time since Dec. 1, when he fell ill with the migraine headache that sidelined him for the team's past two games.

Harvin was in the locker room before practice but declined to speak with reporters, saying he'd talk on Friday instead. Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier confirmed Harvin is over the migraine and expressed confidence he'll play on Monday against Chicago.

"Yeah, he was back out there (Thursday) morning," Frazier said. "He'll be back out there (Thursday) afternoon as well. I'm looking forward to watching him perform on Monday night."

It remains to be seen, of course, whether Harvin makes it to Monday without a setback. Frazier expressed confidence each of the past two weeks that Harvin would play, only to rule him out on game day.

Meanwhile, halfback Adrian Peterson was a surprise absentee from practice, along with quarterback Brett Favre, who all but ruled himself out because of persistent numbness in his throwing hand.

Peterson's practice time has been limited since he sprained an ankle on Nov. 28 against Washington and he bruised his right knee in a collision with quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in Monday's loss to the New York Giants in Detroit.

Both injuries were listed on the injury report, but Frazier -- who had downplayed the knee bruise as a "slight contusion" on Monday -- didn't mention them in his pre-practice media conference and Peterson wasn't available to reporters.

Left guard Steve Hutchinson (broken thumb) and backup defensive backs Tyrell Johnson (knee) and Jamarca Sanford (concussion) also did not participate in practice.

Frazier said Hutchinson and left end Ray Edwards (ankle) have a chance to play on Monday, but Hutchinson's lack of work suggests he's a long shot again.

Edwards was a limited participant, and cornerback Asher Allen (ankle) and quarterback Joe Webb (hamstring) were full participants.

For Chicago, cornerback Charles Tillman (foot) did not participate and running back Chester Taylor (knee) and linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee) were limited.

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