Vikings list Percy Harvin as doubtful, may work him out before game
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- If Percy Harvin ends up playing on Sunday, it'll be without a single practice rep.
The Minnesota Vikings' receiver was absent again from practice again on Friday, five days after spraining his left ankle in three places in a loss to Seattle, and was listed as doubtful (25% chance of playing) on the injury report.
"He still has ... a little less than 48 hours to have a chance to continue to improve," coach Leslie Frazier said. "He'll continue to get treatment. If it comes to it, we would definitely work him out before the game and get him out there if it's possible. But we'll see what happens."
Frazier said throughout the week he was hopeful Harvin could do something on the field by Friday. But Harvin was seen walking through the locker room with a significant limp on Thursday, and maximum rest always seemed his only possible path to suiting up against Detroit.
"He'd have to make quite a bit of recovery (Saturday) for us to say, 'OK, we'll wait until Sunday to see what you can do,'" Frazier said. "But it's possible. We've seen it happen before. So, we're going to continue to treat him and see how he feels (Saturday)."
Harvin no longer is using crutches at all, Frazier said.
Another starter, nose tackle Letroy Guion (turf toe), returned to practice on a limited basis but also was listed as doubtful.
"We got an idea of where he is," Frazier said. "Now it's just a matter of how much he improves (Saturday) and before Sunday."
If Guion can't play, Fred Evans would start.
Meanwhile, halfback Adrian Peterson returned to practice after departing on Thursday morning with a stomach virus. He was listed as probable (virtual certainty of playing) on the injury report.
"He felt pretty good," Frazier said. "That 24-hour virus -- he came back (Wednesday) morning, he was fine, did everything in practice. He was good to go."
Also listed as probable were: fullback Jerome Felton (shoulder), left tackle Matt Kalil (knee), cornerback Antoine Winfield (knee), tight end John Carlson (concussion), punter Chris Kluwe (left knee), safety Mistral Raymond (ankle), safety Jamarca Sanford (knee), receiver Jerome Simpson (calf) and end Jared Allen (shoulder).
That entire group fully participated in Friday's practice, too.