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Updated: November 8th, 2012 12:36pm
Vikings receiver Percy Harvin off crutches, but still limping badly

Vikings receiver Percy Harvin off crutches, but still limping badly

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Percy Harvin is off the crutches. But it appears the Minnesota Vikings' top receiver still has a long ways to go if he wants to play on Sunday against Detroit.

Harvin moved slowly with a significant limp during a brief walk through the locker room on Thursday. He didn't stop to speak with reporters.

Harvin, who suffered a sprained left ankle in the third quarter of last weekend's loss at Seattle, missed practice Thursday for the second day in a row.

Coach Leslie Frazier said afterward that he is hoping Harvin can do some work in Friday's practice. The Vikings will have a bye week after playing the Lions, meaning that if Harvin does sit out he would get two weeks of rest.

However, Frazier said he isn't thinking in terms of getting Harvin a rest on Sunday. "If he can go, we'd play him and rest him after the game," Frazier said. "We'll see how he does (Friday)."   

Harvin returned to finish last Sunday's game, but the ankle gave out multiple times and he underwent an MRI on Monday that confirmed the damage.

He has shown a high pain tolerance before, of course. In 2010, he injured the same ankle in a loss at New England and was limping badly as late as pregame warm-ups the following week against Arizona. He finished that game with nine catches for 126 yards.

If Harvin can't play on Sunday, rookie fourth-round draft pick Jarius Wright likely would dress and play for the first time since the preseason.

"He appears to be ready. He's a sharp kid," Musgrave said of Wright. "We don't know what Percy's status will be. We'll hope that he can get back. But Jarius had a good day of practice, having more of a roll (Wednesday)."

Harvin leads the Vikings by far with 62 catches for 677 yards (10.9 average) and has scored five touchdowns -- three receiving, one rushing and one on a kick return against Sunday's opponent, the Detroit Lions.

Asked if Harvin's absence would alter his play-calling, Musgrave said, "It would be a little bit different because Jarius doesn't have the same experience that Percy does. Both of them are talented players, though. We should be fine."

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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