Percy Harvin returns to practice, listed as questionable for Sunday
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin returned to the practice field on Friday morning after missing two days because of his latest migraine headache.
However, his status for Sunday's game against Chicago remains at least somewhat up in the air, with the Vikings listing him as questionable on the injury report.
Coach Brad Childress initially said after practice that Harvin would be listed as doubtful because he "did some things (Friday) on a limited fashion, but that (migraine) hasn't completely cleared yet." However, an update sent through the Vikings' Web site less than an hour later said Harvin had been upgraded.
It was the second consecutive week Harvin sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday -- he missed time with a left ankle injury before having a career day in last weekend's win over Arizona -- and it still appears likely the outcome would be the same, with the talented second-year playmaker in the starting lineup.
Harvin was spotted briefly in the locker room on Friday but didn't speak with reporters. Childress said Harvin told him the ankle isn't bothering him significantly.
Cornerback Asher Allen (concussion) and backup safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) missed a third straight day of practice and were listed as doubtful. Rookie Chris Cook is expected to start in Allen's place.
Receiver Bernard Berrian (groin) was a late addition to the injury report and is listed as questionable. Everyone else on the Vikings' injury report -- quarterback Brett Favre (ankle/foot/calf), Pat Williams (elbow), Everson Griffen (shoulder), Phil Loadholt (knee), Lito Sheppard (hand) and Frank Walker (hamstring) -- are probable.
By unofficial count, Harvin has missed 31 full practices since training camp opened because of a series of migraines, a death in the family, two ankle injuries, a hip injury and an allergic reaction to medication that caused him to collapse on the field Aug. 19. He also has been limited in at least 10 practices and missed two preseason games.
The latest migraine episode yielded no new concerns within the Vikings organization, though, in part because the diminished workload hasn't had any noticeable impact on Harvin's production.
In four games following weeks in which Harvin has fully participated in practice, he has 15 catches for 234 yards and two touchdowns. In four weeks Harvin has been limited, he has 25 receptions for 285 yards and one touchdown.
"Every one of them seem like they're different," Childress said of Harvin's migraines. "I'd just say that he's still not finished with that headache."
Meanwhile, receiver Sidney Rice (hip surgery) practiced again, but it remains unclear whether he'll be added to the 53-man roster for Sunday. The Vikings have a roster exemption for Rice that doesn't expire until Nov. 24, and though the team believes he's ready to go, it's up to Rice to give the green light on playing.
The Vikings have until 3 p.m. Saturday to move Rice to the roster to make him eligible for Sunday.
One other note from practice: tackle Patrick Brown was back after re-signing to the practice squad on Thursday. Tackle Andrew Gardner was released to make room for Brown, whom the Vikings wanted to re-sign after waiving him in the final cuts. The New York Jets claimed Brown and subsequently released him, only to have Miami claim him off waivers.