Vikings' Percy Harvin unable to practice, 'doubtful' to play Sunday
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin's appearance at practice Friday only lasted a few minutes.
Harvin, who is nursing a sore left ankle he sprained Nov. 4 at Seattle, stretched with the team and attempted to practice. However, when the soreness flared up again, Harvin quickly exited the field.
Afterwards, coach Leslie Frazier officially labeled Harvin as "doubtful" for the Vikings' division match-up on Sunday at Chicago.
"Percy gave it a try in pre-practice, really couldn't put a lot of weight on that ankle at this point," Frazier said.
In warm-ups, Harvin was moving slowly and appeared to be hesitant to fully stretch out his left leg. He was not available to speak with reporters after practice.
Harvin did not practice Wednesday and was listed as a nonparticipant for Thursday's practice on the Vikings' injury report.
Clearly that did not work out as planned. With Harvin likely unable to play, the Vikings have given rookie Jarius Wright increased practice reps as both a slot receiver and inside receiver. Wright made an impact his pro debut on Nov. 11 against Detroit in Harvin's absence, recording three catches for 65 yards and a touchdown.
"He showed that he is ready for game-day action, so we're going to have him out there for sure," Frazier said.
After missing practice Wednesday and Thursday, left guard Charlie Johnson (toe) was able to return to the field Friday as a "limited participant." Frazier sounded pleased with Johnson's progress, stating that he should be fine "going into the game."
Johnson has experienced lingering pain in his toe after he "bumped it on something" at his home, Frazier said.
The Vikings raised the number of reps for backup guard Mark Asper in case Johnson encounters a setback. If Johnson was unavailable, Frazier remarked, No. 2 center Joe Berger would likely shift over to left guard, with Asper situated as the backup.
Wide receiver Michael Jenkins (foot) was a full participant in Friday's practice. Jenkins is expected to be available against the Bears, along with defensive tackle Letroy Guion, who has been a limited all week.
Cornerback Antoine Winfield was the only other player marked as limited. Defensive end Jared Allen (shoulder), receiver Stephen Burton (ankle), punter Chris Kluwe (left knee) and running back Adrian Peterson were all listed as full participants.