Percy Harvin gets another migraine, not on field as Vikings resume practice
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Percy Harvin wasn't on the field as the Minnesota Vikings resumed practice on Wednesday morning, and it wasn't because of his injured hip.
Harvin is suffering from another migraine headache, coach Brad Childress said after practice.
It's believed to be the first time Harvin -- who has battled migraines since he was 10 -- has dealt with the issue since his collapse in practice on Aug. 19. Harvin subsequently underwent a battery tests that revealed, among other things, he collapsed because of a reaction to medication and has sleep apnea.
"It was global," Childress said of the tests. "It was prevention and then -- they don't have a cure, but what's your exit plan? What's your strategy? How do you take it when you feel one ramping up and how do you take it when you're in the middle of it? How do you get it to go away?"
Harvin, 22, said last week he was feeling better since he began sleeping with an oxygen machine to battle the apnea and hadn't had a migraine since his collapse.
The latest setback may provide a clearer indication of whether doctors' plan for treating the migraines will help speed up his recovery in the future.
"Not enough evidence so far," Childress said. "We'll see."
Childress also continued to downplay the severity of Harvin's hip injury, which he aggravated in Sunday's loss to Miami. Harvin had an MRI on Monday that revealed a strain and not structural damage, according to Childress.
"It had nothing to do with his hip (Wednesday)," Childress said of Harvin's absence, jokingly adding "he's just twinkle toes -- he was dancing around (Wednesday) morning when he was in there."
Whatever the reasons, Harvin's availability for this week's game against Detroit was in enough doubt the team wasted no time signing receiver Hank Baskett hours after the Philadelphia Eagles released him on Tuesday. The Vikings' other starting receiver, Bernard Berrian, also was listed on the injury report as limited with a previously unrevealed knee injury.
Baskett signed with the Vikings in 2006 before being traded to Philadelphia, where he played three-plus seasons in Andy Reid's version of the West Coast offense.
"Familiarity never hurts," Childress said. "We're always looking for guys that have a west-coast background. Obviously, he had a cup of coffee with us a while ago. I think he's a strong catcher of the football. He's a bigger in stature guy (6-foot-4, 220 pounds). Also, a very good special teams player. ... He can get up speed as fast as we need him to."
The Vikings had been carrying only four receivers on the 53-man roster. Baskett arrived about 10 minutes into Wednesday's practice, wearing No. 19, and joined individual drills.
"There's those guys that just completely outrun guys, but no -- sometimes you need those guys just to go up and get big and go get the ball," Baskett said. "I think that's one thing they're looking for from me, is just to go up and get the ball."
The only other player not on the practice field was rookie tight end Mickey Shuler, who was waived to make room for Baskett, an NFL source said. The Vikings likely would re-sign Shuler to the practice squad if he isn't claimed by Thursday afternoon.
Linebacker Ben Leber, who left Sunday's game with a lower-back injury, was in uniform and participating during the sliver of practice reporters were allowed to watch. So were cornerbacks Chris Cook and Cedric Griffin and defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy, who all have yet to play this season because of knee injuries.
Cook and Kennedy were listed as full participants, which is a good sign for their chances of playing this week. Griffin and Leber were limited.