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Updated: December 8th, 2010 1:32pm
Percy Harvin's migraine flares up again; status 'day-to-day'

Percy Harvin's migraine flares up again; status 'day-to-day'

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Percy Harvin's health has taken another turn for the worse.

The Minnesota Vikings' leading receiver was at the team's Winter Park practice facility on Monday, and interim coach Leslie Frazier said the migraine that sidelined Harvin last week had cleared.

However, Harvin apparently had a setback in the next 48 hours, and he wasn't on the field when the Vikings resumed practice on Wednesday.

"My understanding of the migraines is they can come and go," Frazier said before practice. "So, we're just being precautionary with Percy as we're trying to get him ready and hopefully, take care of some things that will help him long-term. It will be a day-to-day situation as to whether he's out here or whether he's not out here."

Frazier said he expects Harvin to play on Sunday against the New York Giants, but he thought that last week, too, until Friday rolled around and Harvin's headache hadn't cleared.

"That's too far ahead," Frazier said. "We'll see how things go."

More injuries

End Ray Edwards (high right ankle sprain) and safety Tyrell Johnson (knee) also were absent from practice, and quarterbacks Brett Favre (chest/ankle/right shoulder) and Joe Webb (hamstring) and cornerback Chris Cook (knees) sat out.

Guard Steve Hutchinson (broken right thumb), running back Adrian Peterson (ankle), receiver Sidney Rice (hip) and running back Toby Gerhart (hamstring) all practiced on a limited basis. Receivers Bernard Berrian (groin) and Greg Lewis (concussion) and safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) were full participants.

• Edwards said he "absolutely" expects to play on Sunday. "We'll see what happens, though," Edwards said, "and strength-wise, keeping it getting better, being able to make the cuts, being able to hold up against run blocks."

• Hutchinson said he was hopeful he could have played last week, but the thumb remained too painful and swollen for him to play. He declined before practice to speculate on his availability for this week. Asked to gauge the level of pain on Wednesday, Hutchinson said. "Not as painful as this interview. I mean, it's broken."

• Frazier said Gerhart is "a little banged up so we're probably going to cut back on his reps and try to get him ready to go (Thursday)."

• Johnson has an injured medial collateral ligament and appears doubtful for Sunday. "Not sure if we'll have him at all this week," Frazier said.

• Webb has "a chance" to suit up on Sunday, Frazier said. Rookie quarterback R.J. Archer was signed to the practice squad on Tuesday to run the scout team in Webb's absence -- and could be elevated to the 53-man roster in the unlikely event Favre and Webb both are unavailable for Sunday. "It's a potential solution to what we see right now as a potential problem," Frazier said. "We're optimistic as we mentioned before that Brett is going to be fine and Tarvaris will be good. With Joe's situation being what it is, we needed someone for practice. R.J. gives us that."

In New York

For the Giants, tackle Shawn Andrews (back) and halfback Ahmad Bradshaw (wrist) did not participate. Return man Will Blackmon (chest), safety Brian Jackson (hand), receiver Hakeem Nicks (lower leg), center Shaun O'Hara (foot), receiver Steve Smith (pectoral) and end Osi Umenyiora (knee) were limited. Left tackle David Diehl (hip/hamstring) fully participated.

According to the New York Daily News, Smith, Nicks and Diehl all pronounced themselves ready to go.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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