Percy Harvin misses practice again, leaving status up in the air
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Percy Harvin's status was cast into further doubt on Thursday when he missed a second consecutive day of practice.
Harvin -- who leads the Minnesota Vikings in receptions (31), receiving yards (393) and touchdown catches (three) -- hurt his left ankle in the first quarter of Sunday's loss at New England.
He returned and finished the tape with the ankle taped, but he acknowledged afterward he was playing on adrenaline and said on Wednesday he would play this week "if I'm able to give it a go and help my team."
Harvin didn't speak with reporters on Thursday, when he was seen limping off the field following a walkthrough practice and sat for a while at his locker room in street clothes.
"Not much progress," coach Brad Childress said. "He was out (Thursday), and we'll see if he can do anything (Friday)."
This would be a particularly rough week for the Vikings if Harvin can't go. They waived Pro Bowl receiver Randy Moss on Tuesday, and though Sidney Rice (hip surgery) returned to practice, he's expected to miss at least Sunday's game against Arizona.
Harvin took Moss' release especially hard, so it's worth wondering about his mental state as he tries to quickly rehabilitate the injury, too. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell spoke with Harvin as they left the field following Wednesday's walkthrough to help him understand the situation.
"At this point, he's trying to work through (the injury)," Bevell said. "He's pushing hard, and he's a tough guy."
Toby Gerhart and Adrian Peterson would be candidates for kick-return duties in Harvin's absence, special-teams coordinator Brian Murphy said. Given Peterson's role on offense, Gerhart almost surely would get the first shot.
"I was always that kind of backup guy at Stanford as well," Gerhart said. "If our primary guy went down, I'd be back there. So, all through college I caught kicks. All through this season so far I've been catching kicks out there right behind Percy. So yeah, I'm confident I can do it."
Quarterback Brett Favre (ankle/foot) did return to practice on a limited basis and "looked just fine," Childress said.
Everyone else was on the field.