Percy Harvin Injury: Updates on Vikings WR's Ankle

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IINovember 4, 2012

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin left his team’s game against the Seattle Seahawks after injuring his ankle.

UPDATE: Monday, December 17 at 11:36 a.m. ET

Percy Harvin underwent an emergency appendectomy, according to Pioneer Press' Ben Goessling

Vikings receiver Percy Harvin had an emergency appendectomy on Saturday, Dec. 15, not an operation on his sprained ankle, coach Leslie Frazier said.

Harvin tweeted on Saturday that he was having "minor surgery," though he did not reveal the nature of the procedure. The Vikings placed him on injured reserve Dec. 5, and the natural assumption was that his injury had necessitated an operation.

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UPDATE: Saturday, Dec. 15 at 5:05 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Percy Harvin is continuing to recover from his ankle injure, and told his Twitter followers that he was having surgery today. 

Harvin tweeted the following, with 1500 ESPN's Tom Pelissero adding further details: 

Having minor surgery today, keep me in your prayers please!

— Percy Harvin (@Percy_Harvin) December 15, 2012

#Vikings WR Percy Harvin tweeted he is having "minor surgery" today, presumably on the ankle. Believe it's a clean-up job.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 15, 2012

The star wide out's season is over, and the Vikings will continue to make a playoff push without him. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6:55 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

The news surrounding Percy Harvin's ankle continues to get worse. 

The Minnesota Vikings reported the following via Twitter:

WR Percy Harvin (ankle) has been placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

— Minnesota Vikings (@VikingsFootball) December 5, 2012

With a matchup against the Chicago Bears this Sunday in addition to games against the Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers left on the schedule, Minnesota's path to playoffs will be extremely difficult. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 2:15 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports concerns about Harvin's ankle could end up costing him the rest of the season. Head coach Leslie Frazier didn't sound optimistic about the situation after saying he wasn't prepared to practice today.

"I can't go into detail about the injury," Frazier said. "I know there have been reports about the extent of the injury. He's done pretty much what the trainers have asked him to do, but he won't be available today."

Fantasy owners who were hoping Harvin would return to provide a playoff boost should ensure they have options available in case the Vikings shut him down. The ankle simply hasn't healed as quickly as the team hoped.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 4 at 6:19 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Tom Pelissero of reports that Harvin will "try to practice again on Wednesday." 

However, he also revealed just how serious Harvin's injury is. Pelissero: 

The Minnesota Vikings' top receiver suffered a Grade 3 sprain of his left ankle on Nov. 4 at Seattle, according to a source with knowledge of the injury. That diagnosis means a complete ligament tear that can take four to six weeks to completely heal.

Given this information, it would be risky to assume he will play this week. 

UPDATE: Sunday, December 2 at 11:40 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Percy Harvin has been listed as inactive for Sunday's matchup with the Green Bay Packers, and will not play according to the Minnesota Vikings' official Twitter account:

#Vikings Inactives: QB M. Bethel-Thompson, WR P. Harvin, CB B. Burton, LB A. Cole, OL M. Asper, TE A. Reisner and DE D. Reed. #MINvsGB

— Minnesota Vikings (@VikingsFootball) December 2, 2012

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UPDATE: Saturday, December 1 at 2:25 p.m. by Matt Fitzgerald

Tom Pelissero of confirms the worst for Vikings fans about Harvin's status for Sunday's key showdown with NFC North rival Green Bay.

#Vikings have downgraded Percy Harvin to out.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 1, 2012

The Packers' talented defense poses enough of a challenge to the Vikings with Harvin in, and QB Christian Ponder will have that much more of a difficult time without him. Jarius Wright will be counted on to step up in Harvin's absence, and getting superstar RB Adrian Peterson going early must be the focus for Minnesota in Lambeau Field.

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UPDATE: Thursday, November 29 at 4:01 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

It's starting to look more and more like the Vikings' struggling offense will be without Harvin for another week. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Harvin could "barely jog" at practice on Friday:

ESPN NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert said WR Percy Harvin "could barely jog" today and "it's hard to see him playing versus the Packers."

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 29, 2012

With Minnesota's playoff hopes dwindling with each week, you can rest assured the team will wait until the very last minute to declare Harvin out against the Green Bay Packers

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 25 at 11:59 a.m. ET by Steven Gerwel

For those holding out a slither of hope that Harvin would make an appearance against Chicago, we can now confirm that he'll be watching from the sidelines. 

According to the official Minnesota Vikings Twitter account, Harvin was listed among their inactives for today's game. 

#Vikings inactives: QB M. Bethel-Thompson, WR P. Harvin, CB B. Burton, LB A. Cole, OL M. Asper, TE A. Reisner & DE D. Reed #MINatCHI

— Minnesota Vikings (@VikingsFootball) November 25, 2012

If you own Harvin on your fantasy team, he obviously needs to be on your bench at this point. 

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UPDATE: Saturday, November 24 at 2:37 p.m ET by Michael Cahill

Bad news for the Vikings as they head into a big divisional showdown against the Chicago Bears. The Official Twitter for the Vikings is reporting that Vikings WR Percy Harvin will not be on the field Sunday.

WR Percy Harvin will be downgraded to "out" and will not travel with team to Chicago.#Vikings

— Minnesota Vikings (@VikingsFootball) November 24, 2012

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UPDATE: Friday, November 23 at 6:45 p.m. ET by Ryan Davenport  

Fans of the Minnesota Vikings and fantasy owners of Percy Harvin will be disappointed to hear that the star wide receiver will be out for Sunday's game against the Bears, according to the Twitter account of NFL on ESPN.

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UPDATE: Friday, November 23 at 2:01 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

The bad news continues to roll in for Harvin. According to Pioneer Press, Harvin is still unable to put weight on his injured ankle

Frazier: Harvin still couldn't put much weight on his ankle. Doubtful for Sunday. #Vikings

— Pioneer Press (@VikingsNow) November 23, 2012

Ed Werder of ESPN also reports that Leslie Frazier wants to see Harvin practice before he returns for game action.

Leslie Frazier wants Percy Harvin to practice before returning, still limping and I'm told he won't play against Bears this week #nfl

— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) November 23, 2012

It would appear that Harvin won't be playing this Sunday against the Bears.

UPDATE: Thursday, November 22 at 2:04 p.m. ET

Rough news for Vikings fans and fantasy owners as Percy Harvin did not practice today, according to ESPN's Kevin Seifert.

Percy Harvin did not practice today. #Vikings. Hard to imagine him playing Sunday vs. #Bears.

— Kevin Seifert (@espn_nfcnblog) November 22, 2012

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora went on to report that Harvin will not play Sunday.

No shocker here, but Percy Harvin remains injured, did not practice and won't play in big game vs. Bears Sunday

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 22, 2012

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UPDATE: Monday, November 21 at 1:23 p.m. ET by Brian Mazique

Percy Harvin will practice today, he said. Expect he'd be limited, but he'll be out there. #Vikings

— Pioneer Press (@VikingsNow) November 21, 2012

Percy Harvin is expected to return to practice, but he will be limited, per Pioneer Press:

UPDATE: Monday, November 19 at 12:45 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

The Vikings were hoping that a timely bye would be enough for Harvin's ankle to heal ahead of a big game against the Chicago Bears this Sunday. While he still may be able to go, the diagnosis isn't too positive for Harvin early in the week.

From Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500:

Swelling gone in Harvin's ankle but he remains sore, tender. Hoping he can do something Wednesday.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 19, 2012

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UPDATE: Monday, November 12 at 3 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

The Vikings are heading into their bye week, giving Percy Harvin an extra week to get healthy. 

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported via Twitter that head coach Leslie Frazier believes Harvin's ankle will not keep him out for another game. 

Frazier says everyone on injury report should be able to play against Chicago -- Harvin and Guion included. #Vikings

— Pioneer Press (@VikingsNow) November 12, 2012

Minnesota will need to find a way to move the ball against the Bears defense, and Harvin will surely be a large part of the Vikings' plans in this matchup. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 11 at 11:20 a.m. ET by Adam Wells

The Vikings' offensive woes figure to continue this week, as the team will be without star playmaker Percy Harvin. 

According to NFL Fantasy Football, Harvin is inactive for Sunday's NFC North showdown with the Detroit Lions

Percy Harvin is INACTIVE.

— NFL Fantasy Football (@NFLfantasy) November 11, 2012

Harvin has 62 receptions and 677 yards this season. No other receiver for the Vikings has more than 27 catches and 295 yards. Adrian Peterson's workload figures to increase with Harvin out. 

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UPDATE: Saturday, November 10 at 8:23 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

The Vikings won't have Percy Harvin against the Detroit Lions. Adam Schefter has reported that Harvin will not be available on Sunday.

Viking wide receiver Percy Harvin will not play Sunday vs. Detroit due to his ankle injury.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 11, 2012

Harvin has been a huge part of the Vikings offense this season so it will be interesting to see what kind of adjustments they make without his services Sunday.

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UPDATE: Friday, November 9 at 1:40 p.m. ET by Michael Cahill

News isn't getting better for Harvin. Pioneer Press is reporting that Harvin has been updated as "doubtful" for Sunday's game.

Harvin officially doubtful for Sunday; #Vikings will keep working to get him healthy.

— Pioneer Press (@VikingsNow) November 9, 2012


The Vikings will need all the help they can get to defeat Detroit on Sunday, but they'll likely have to do so without Harvin. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, November 8 at 1:58 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport adds more insider depth to a practice report from ESPN reporter Tom Pelissero:

No surprise, but was told very doubtful he plays RT @tompelissero Percy Harvin limping very badly during brief trip through locker room

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 8, 2012

Considering the fact that Harvin was on  crutches after Week 9's game in Seattle, it isn't much of a shock that he's having such a hard time getting around on the practice field. Harvin has been plagued by migraines early in his career, but until now has stayed relatively healthy in terms of other injuries.

Stay tuned for more on Harvin's status, but don't get your hopes up, Viking fans.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 7 at 10:50 a.m. ET 

Great news for fantasy owners and Vikings fan as all-purpose star Percy Harvin is making progress, according to Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett per Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier. 

Leslie Frazier on teleconference w/Detroit reporters said Percy Harvin 'made a lot of progress yesterday' & is day to day

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UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 5 at 3:50 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Harvin doesn't expect to play in Week 10, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. He was walking with crutches due to a sprain ankle.

Vikings WR Percy Harvin, on crutches for his sprained ankle, told reporters he's a "long shot" to play Sunday vs. Detroit.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 5, 2012

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UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 5, at 1:45 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Percy Harvin has a sprained ankle and the injury is not expected to keep him out for a long period of time. 

1500 ESPN's Tom Pelissero reported the via Twitter that further evaluation showed no broken bones, and the star wide receiver may be able to play this weekend. 

Percy Harvin underwent an MRI. Has an ankle sprain, no fracture. Day to day. Hoping to have Sunday but too soon to say.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 5, 2012

Not a high ankle sprain for Harvin, Frazier says.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 5, 2012

Harvin has been fantastic this season, and the Vikings will hope that he is at full strength as they head into a division battle with the Detroit Lions. 

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The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Harvin’s injury via Twitter:

Percy Harvin questionable to return with hamstring injury, #Vikings announce. Missed the last series.

— Pioneer Press (@VikingsNow) November 4, 2012

Bleacher Report provided an image of the Minnesota medical staff attending to Harvin:

Percy Harvin limping off the field after hurting his lower left leg / ankle.…

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 4, 2012

The 24-year-old has been bothered by a lingering hamstring issue this season, as noted by Judd Zulgad of Despite this, he is in the midst of a breakout season in which he has established himself as one of the most versatile offensive threats in football.

Harvin had just two catches for 10 yards and three rushes for 27 yards when he exited the game. 

Heading into this week’s contest, he ranked fifth among all players with 667 receiving yards and was tied with the New England PatriotsWes Welker for an NFL-best 60 catches.

Harvin is also dangerous in the return game and when he lines up in the backfield. He provides the Vikings with an incredible amount of options, and the team’s offensive capabilities will be extremely limited with him on the sidelines.

Minnesota will desperately hope that Harvin can get back on the field. Check back to this page for updates on his condition going forward.


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