Percy Harvin pushes to practice, but Vikings hold him out again
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The swelling finally is gone from Percy Harvin's sprained left ankle, for the most part.
Now, the Minnesota Vikings' leading receiver wants to see if he can move well enough to have a chance for playing in Sunday's game at Chicago.
"I wasn't supposed to do anything (Wednesday)," Harvin said before practice. "But I told Coach I wanted to try to get on the ground and do a little something, so I'll see where I'm at (Wednesday) for sure."
Harvin added he "definitely" planned to participate in practice in some capacity. That did not happen, according to the Vikings' injury report. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said Harvin was on the field at the start of practice doing rehab work with athletic trainer Eric Sugarman.
Harvin confirmed on Wednesday he stayed in the Twin Cities throughout the bye week to receive treatment on the ankle, which he injured on Nov. 4 at Seattle.
He said it "took the swelling a little longer to get out than we anticipated" so he was only able to start walking -- yes, walking -- on Tuesday.
"It's still a little stiff in certain areas," Harvin said. "A little swelling -- it's just not major swelling. So, it's to the point now where I feel like I can do a little something. So, I'll see how much when I get out there."
Harvin acknowledged he "definitely" wants to be careful about putting himself on the field too soon, given that he couldn't cut properly on several routes when he returned against the Seahawks.
He was on crutches the day after the injury, told reporters he sprained the ankle in three places and missed the Vikings' next game, a win over Detroit on Nov. 11.
"That's basically what I want to see (Wednesday) -- just how good I'm able to come out breaks," Harvin said. "Am I able to cut? Just the stability things that come along with the ankle. I'm itching to get out there. I'm ready to see where I'm at."
Before Harvin spoke, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he wasn't sure whether Harvin would practice and it's "too early in the week" to speculate on the receiver's status against the Bears.
Asked if he needs to see Harvin practice before letting him play, Frazier said, "I think after the time we've had off, it would be good for him to get some work. It would be good for him physically, just to have confidence. So, yes, I would like to see him get some work before our game on Sunday."
Harvin's next chance will come on Thursday.