Percy Harvin says ankle wasn't progressing enough to help Vikings
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Percy Harvin has spoken, sort of.
The Minnesota Vikings' top receiver released a statement through the team on Thursday, one day after they placed him on season-ending injured reserve because of a left ankle injury.
"It certainly is disappointing that I was not able to finish out this season with my teammates," Harvin said in the statement. "As a competitor I definitely wanted to get back out there on the field but my injury has just not allowed me to progress to the point where I can help our team.
"I appreciate the efforts of our medical staff and the support of our fans in helping me through this process and look forward to coming back stronger and better than ever."
Harvin injured the ankle on Nov. 4 at Seattle, missed three games and never made it through another full practice before the Vikings placed him on IR.
On Tuesday, 1500ESPN.com reported Harvin had a Grade 3 sprain, which involves a full ligament tear and can take four to six weeks to completely heal.
Harvin was a limited participant in last Wednesday's practice but plainly had trouble trying to turn on the ankle. Besides the statement, he hasn't spoken publicly since Nov. 21, when he said he planned to test the ankle in practice but wasn't on the field when practice began.
Despite missing the past three games because of the ankle, Harvin leads the Vikings with 62 receptions -- 32 more than Michael Jenkins, who ranks second among receivers with 30 -- for 677 yards, and the passing game has been underwhelming the past two weeks.
Harvin didn't travel with the Vikings for their road games at Chicago and Green Bay the past two weeks and hasn't been seen in the locker room recently.