Percy Harvin misses practice
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings might be in trouble at the receiver position. Again.
Percy Harvin wasn't on the field for practice on Thursday morning, a day after the team listed him on the injury report with a previously unrevealed hip injury, and the updated report released on Thursday afternoon listed him as a nonparticipant.
Harvin declined comment to a group of reporters in the locker room after Thursday's practice. The Pioneer Press reported Harvin said he would be ready for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins, but it should be noted that's the standard answer most players provide.
"We really don't know right now at this point," offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. "It will be a wait-and-see (situation)."
It remains unclear whether Harvin was injured in last week's loss at New Orleans or in practice this week, or whether his absence on Thursday was related to the hip. He was seen on the field Monday and Wednesday, when he was listed as a limited participant.
The Vikings' top receiver while Sidney Rice recovers from surgery to fix his own hip injury, Harvin has battled a series of ailments dating to the second day of training camp, when he tweaked an ankle in practice. The next day, he left the team to tend to his grandmother's death, then began a battle with migraines that kept him out about two weeks.
Three days after he returned, Harvin collapsed on the field because of what he has said was a reaction to medication. During an overnight hospital stay, Harvin was diagnosed with sleep apnea and has been sleeping with an oxygen machine he says has helped clear up the headaches.
The Vikings are carrying only four receivers and have two others on the practice squad.
Everyone else on the 53-man roster was on the field during the portion of practice reporters were allowed to see. Cornerbacks Chris Cook (knee) and Cedric Griffin (knee), defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy (knee) and left tackle Bryant McKinnie (finger) were listed as limited, while quarterback Brett Favre (ankle), running back Toby Gerhart (knee) and center John Sullivan (calf) were full participants -- the same designations those players carried on Wednesday.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Bell, the former "U" star, addressed the team after stretching.
Miami's injury report remained unchanged. End Ikaika Alama-Francis (illness), linebacker Channing Crowder (groin) and end Jared Odrick (ankle) did not participate.