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Updated: November 10th, 2010 12:35pm
Percy Harvin has another migraine; Favre, Sanford, Asher Allen sit out

Percy Harvin has another migraine; Favre, Sanford, Asher Allen sit out

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Percy Harvin's migraines are back.

The Minnesota Vikings' talented playmaker was absent from the team's facility on Wednesday after suffering the latest in the series of headaches that have plagued him since childhood, coach Brad Childress said.

Harvin missed significant time in training camp in part because of migraines and also collapsed in practice on Aug. 19 because of an allergic reaction to medication, among other factors.

He returned to play in an exhibition game on Aug. 28 and expressed confidence doctors had pinpointed the root of the migraine problem. And before Wednesday, he had missed practice because of a migraine only once -- on Sept. 22 -- and was back the next day.

Asked if the plan developed by doctors contributed to Harvin's speedier recovery, Childress said, "I don't know. We had a plan with the doctors that he saw (Wednesday) morning, so we'll see. Yet to be revealed."

Harvin also has been battling a left ankle injury that significantly reduced his practice time last week, but he nonetheless had a career-high nine catches for 126 yards in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win against Arizona.

Quarterback Brett Favre (foot/ankle/chin), cornerback Asher Allen (unknown) and safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) also didn't practice.

Favre was held out as a precaution and might not practice on Wednesdays the rest of the season. Allen, who had a back injury last week, and Sanford didn't finish Sunday's game.

Receiver Sidney Rice (hip surgery), who was cleared to practice a week ago, practiced again. But he apparently has yet to tell coaches he's ready to play in a game.

"Just that he's got all the things he can do to play at the high level that he's used to playing at, that he can defend himself and that he's going to feel OK absorbing a hit. But again, it's very difficult to simulate that," Childress said before practice. "We'll go outside (Wednesday) and see how he does out there on the grass, and then it's always a matter of how he comes back (Thursday), how he comes back the next day."

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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