Percy Harvin leaves to take care of family issue, should play Sunday
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn -- Percy Harvin did not practice Thursday because of a family issue that he had to take care of, but coach Leslie Frazier said he is "pretty convinced" the wide receiver should be in uniform for the Minnesota Vikings game on Sunday in Seattle.
In fact, Frazier expressed optimism that Harvin will be back at practice on Friday.
Frazier did admit he isn't sure if Harvin might have to return home to Virginia. "He's trying to get some details and we'll see," Frazier said. "I'll talk to him again tonight."
Harvin remained in the Twin Cities as of Thursday afternoon.
Asked what the Vikings would do if Harvin wasn't available Sunday, Frazier acknowledged that rookie receiver Jarius Wright would be "definitely part of the equation as we discuss what direction to go."
Wright, a fourth-round pick last April, has yet to play in a regular-season game.
Harvin's name also resurfaced on the injury report Wednesday because of a hamstring injury that bothered him earlier this season.
"He moved pretty good," Frazier said when asked about the issue. "It was a little tight, but he moved pretty good. Went through everything we did, so he was fine."
Harvin is the only standout the Vikings have in a passing game that is ranked 27th in the NFL. He is tied for the NFL lead with New England's Wes Welker with 60 receptions. Harvin has 667 receiving yards and three touchdowns and also has gained 72 yards on 18 rushing attempts with a touchdown.
Tight end John Carlson (concussion) also remains out and it appears unlikely he will be able to play against his former team on Sunday. Carlson still has not been cleared to return after being injured on Oct. 21 while playing special teams against Arizona.
Defensive tackles Fred Evans (knee) and Letroy Guion (ribs), linebacker Erin Henderson (elbow), punter Chris Kluwe (knee) and quarterback Christian Ponder (knee) continued to be listed on the injury report but did not miss any practice time.
Linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, whose wife gave birth on Wednesday, was back with the team Thursday.