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Updated: April 10th, 2012 9:02am
Percy Harvin's surgery postponed because of family 'emergency'

Percy Harvin's surgery postponed because of family 'emergency'

by Tom Pelissero
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Percy Harvin didn't have shoulder surgery on Tuesday after all.

The Minnesota Vikings' standout receiver posted on Twitter the procedure "had to put on back burner to support my family through emergency."

Harvin didn't specify the nature of the emergency. He had been scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery to clean out bone spurs and was expected to be ready when organized team activity practices begin on May 29.

An NFL source said the surgery still is expected to happen soon, though, and the Vikings remain optimistic about having Harvin for OTAs.

"He had a little damage around the AC joint," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said last week, a day after Harvin revealed the injury on Twitter.

"He had an AC sprain during the season and he continued to play and just created some soreness there. So, they've got to go in and do a little arthroscopic work and clean it up a little bit."

Harvin was listed on the injury report in seven of 17 weeks last season because of illness and rib and finger injuries, but never the shoulder.

He played only 600 snaps (57.9%) on offense but nonetheless racked up 1,832 yards on 155 touches, including kickoff returns of 103 and 104 yards. 

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