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Updated: December 5th, 2012 5:44pm
Percy Harvin's season comes to an end as Vikings place him on IR

Percy Harvin's season comes to an end as Vikings place him on IR

by Judd Zulgad
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Leslie Frazier was vague at best Wednesday afternoon when asked about the status of wide receiver Percy Harvin and his sprained left ankle.

Frazier declined to give many details or discuss a report by that Harvin had a Grade 3 sprain, which involves a full ligament tear and can take four to six weeks to completely heal.

But by Wednesday evening the Vikings had cleared up Harvin's situation in a big way. The team announced that Harvin had been placed on injured reserve, putting an end to his fourth NFL season.

The move did not come as a shock given Frazier had left the door open when asked if Harvin's season could be over on Wednesday. "Hard to say," Frazier said. "Hard to say."

Harvin finishes the year with 62 receptions for 677 yards and three touchdowns in nine games. Those totals, except for touchdowns, easily lead the Vikings. He also had 22 rushing attempts for 96 yards and a score and returned 16 kicks for 574 yards, 35.9 average, and a touchdown.

Harvin was injured in the third quarter on Nov. 4 at Seattle. He returned to the game but was limping badly. He was then held out for the past three games. Harvin attempted to return to practice for one day last week but clearly had trouble cutting on the ankle.

The Vikings are 6-6 entering Sunday's game against Chicago at the Metrodome and have lost four of their past five games.

Harvin's absence certainly won't help a passing game that has struggled in a big way in part because of quarterback Christian Ponder's struggles and in part because the wide receivers have struggled to get separation.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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