Percy Harvin remains hobbled, 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, but it was clear his injured left ankle continues to bother him as he jogged gingerly through some pass routes during individual drills.
"He was out here and stepped around and stuff," Vikings coach Brad Childress said. "But I would describe him as extremely limited in what he did."
Harvin had missed two full days of practice with the injury he suffered in the first quarter of Sunday's loss at New England. He wasn't in the locker room on Friday, when the Vikings officially listed him as questionable (50-50 chance for playing) for Sunday's game against Arizona.
Reporters only were allowed to watch about 10 minutes of Friday's practice -- stretching and individual -- so it was unclear what, if any, teams drills Harvin would do. But he was limping noticeably during and between the few routes he ran in front of the media.
"He injured that foot on his first catch of the game (at New England) and still was very productive," Childress said of Harvin, who finished with team highs in targets (eight), receptions (six) and receiving yards (104).
"I would just say that he's tough. Different things respond different ways. Everything goes through your foot and your ankle so he's got to have his faculties for the game the way he plays it."
Depending how Harvin recovers over the next 48 hours, the Vikings could be without both receivers who have started their past four games. They waived Randy Moss on Tuesday, leaving Bernard Berrian -- who was added to Friday's injury report and listed as probable with a groin injury -- Greg Camarillo, Greg Lewis and Hank Baskett on the 53-man roster.
Pro Bowl receiver Sidney Rice (hip surgery) was removed from the reserve/physically unable to perform list on Wednesday. But the Vikings have until Nov. 24 to add him to the 53, and after only three practices, he remains a long shot to play against the Cardinals -- though Childress wouldn't rule him out.
"He's made it through the whole practices, but in a different kind of capacity," Childress said. "He's taken turns with our starters. He's taken a lot of turns on the scout team. We've kind of mixed and matched him there. He takes the whole game plan in and goes through it.
"He's working through some soreness right now. You might say he could play in a limited sector. That's all being determined. I think probably next week (game)'s more viable. We're still going to see."
The Vikings haven't filled the roster spot vacated by Moss' release, but Childress indicated no move is imminent and, if they do fill the slot this week, "it doesn't necessarily really have to be an offensive position. You can do it with four (receivers). We play with a bunch of two tight ends anyways, so you kind of game plan across all those personnel groups, because you never can tell when you're going to get wipe out at one."
There were four receivers on the roster for the first three games of the season before the Vikings acquired Moss from the Patriots on Oct. 6.
The only other player the Vikings listed as questionable was reserve cornerback Frank Walker (hamstring).
Quarterback Brett Favre (foot/ankle/chin) practiced for a second straight day and was listed as a full participant on the injury report for the first time since Oct. 22.
Favre was listed as probable, as were cornerback Chris Cook (quadriceps), guard Chris DeGeare (ankle), linebacker Ben Leber (knee), cornerback Lito Sheppard (hand), defensive tackle Pat Williams (elbow), cornerback Asher Allen (back), center John Sullivan (calf) and Berrian.
The Cardinals listed linebacker Clark Haggans (groin) as doubtful and running back Beanie Wells (knee) as questionable. Defensive tackle Alan Branch (back), receiver Steve Breaston (knee), linebacker Will Davis (groin), linebacker Early Doucet (groin) and end Kenny Iwebema (shoulder) are probable.