Vikings receiver Percy Harvin says it's 'long shot' he will play Sunday
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings passing game is already in shambles, and now it might be without its top player for Sunday's game against Detroit at the Metrodome.
Receiver Percy Harvin, using crutches to get around the Winter Park locker room Monday after suffering a sprained left ankle in Sunday's loss at Seattle, would not rule himself out for the Lions game but acknowledged it's a "long shot" he will play.
Harvin admitted to being in "a lot of pain" and said the sprain was in three places. An MRI showed that Harvin had not fractured the ankle.
Harvin, who leads the Vikings with 62 receptions for 677 yards and has caught three touchdowns, was injured when a Seahawks defender rolled up on his ankle on a run play in the third quarter of Sunday's 30-20 loss. He returned in the fourth quarter after getting the ankle retaped but clearly was hampered by the injury.
The Vikings will have a bye week after playing Detroit and Harvin was asked if it would make sense to take advantage of a potential two-week break.
"Does it make sense?" to sit out Sunday, Harvin said. "To me, no. But if that's what has to happen, then that's what has to happen. I'm shooting to try to play and get everything I can. If I can't, then I'll have to rest it. But I'm not ruling myself out."
Coach Leslie Frazier said earlier Monday that Harvin was day-to-day. Harvin will be getting around-the-clock treatment. He said he sprained his ankle while playing college football at Florida, but has had no ankle issues since the Vikings drafted him in the first round in 2009.
"There's a lot of swelling right now," Harvin said. "My whole ankle, all the way around, is swollen. So we've got a lot of work to do."
Asked if he feels he did more damage by returning to the game, Harvin acknowledged that might have been the case.
"It was just me wanting to play," he said. "(The athletic trainer) wrapped it up immediately and I was able to put a little bit of pressure on it, but I didn't have a lot of stability. I could've or couldn't have (done more damage). But I'm here for this team. I was able to run or jog so I went back in."
Replays of Harvin's ankle being bent as he went to the ground made it look as if the injury could have been much worse. Harvin admitted he was concerned at first.
"I thought I was done," Harvin said. "The pain I was feeling at the moment, it kind of let up as I walked off and went to the sideline, which gave me strength to think I could go back in that game. But later on that day, I could put no pressure on it."
Harvin did say the right hamstring injury that has been bothering him in recent weeks wasn't an issue Monday. "It's fine. It's all good," he said. "Just had a little tightness in my hamstring. Sat out one series, but it was fine. The ankle's the most important part right now."
Harvin has played in 54 of 57 regular-season games in his career, missing one game in 2009 and two games in 2010 because of his battles with migraine headaches.
In other injury news, nose tackle Letroy Guion (turf toe) also is day to day and tight end John Carlson (concussion) is expected to return to practice on Wednesday if all goes well at a doctor appointment on Monday, Frazier said.