Percy Harvin returns to Vikings practice: 'That should be behind us'
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Percy Harvin's absence from minicamp lasted all of one practice. It remains to be seen if the issues that caused it really are in the past.
After a conversation with coach Leslie Frazier, Harvin joined his Minnesota Vikings teammates for the final practice of their mandatory minicamp on Thursday, participating in individual drills and even playing a few snaps during team (11-on-11) periods.
"It's a new day today, and the fact that he was engaged and working to help us win, that's where my focus is," Frazier said. "Just glad that he was participating in what we were doing, and you move forward. You move forward."
Harvin left the field with a Vikings official at his side, smiling, and didn't speak with reporters.
Shortly after, he posted a message on his Twitter page that said he's "really clueless on the crazy reports" sparked by his own statements to the media and hinting that he intends to report on time to training camp in Mankato after all.
"(H)ad great (practice) today," Harvin wrote. "(T)o all my real fans and real (V)ikes fans see u at Mankato. (S)alute."
The saga began after Tuesday's morning walkthrough when Harvin told reporters he's unhappy with several issues and "definitely" won't report to training camp on July 26 unless they're resolved. By the next morning, Harvin had requested a trade.
Both Harvin and the team have kept the reasons for his unhappiness under wraps. Harvin has two years left on his rookie deal and a base salary of only $915,000 for 2012, but an NFL source said on Thursday money isn't the primary issue.
"In Percy's case -- and it's not just Percy, but with Adrian, with a lot of our guys -- I'm going to talk with them about a lot of different things between now and Mankato," Frazier said. "So, it won't be out of the norm, other than the fact that he was absent (Wednesday afternoon). But that should be behind us. We're moving forward."
Like most others in the organization, quarterback Christian Ponder said he was on caught off-guard by Harvin's words on Tuesday but isn't concerned the talented receiver will be a no-show for camp.
"I haven't really thought about it," Ponder said. "I just assume that he'll be here. It's not my job to handle it. The front office will handle it, and they're going to do a great job. We know that Percy's a heck of a player and we like being around him and he's been out here practicing like nothing's wrong. That's what we like to see."
Ponder said the two have even spoken about getting together to throw sometime in the new couple of weeks in Florida, where both spend time in the offseason.
The shoulder Harvin had repaired surgically in April didn't appear to be an issue as he went through drills on Thursday, although Frazier said he had defenders on a strict no-contact order.
"It was good that he had the energy and wanted to get out there, just to see how he felt," Frazier said. "We wanted to make sure that there was nobody contacting him during that period or he didn't fall, and everything went well.
"Now he leaves, going home, feeling confident that things are moving in the right direction, that we feel confident things are moving in the right direction. So, that was really good to see."
Asked if their relationship is still strong, Frazier said, "We still have a good relationship. There will always be things you have to work through. I think that'll always be the case with players and coaches. There's a line there always. But I think we have a good relationship."