Percy Harvin is sick, again

Vikings receiver Percy Harvin was a surprise no-show for practice again today.

He was sick, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

If it were the first time Harvin was sick, it would be no big deal.  But it’s now the third time since Harvin joined the team that he has been ill.

The first came not long after he was drafted.  On his way to Minnesota for a rookie minicamp, Harvin was hospitalized in Atlanta due to dehydration and a virus.  He also was sent home from the Rookie Symposium due to an illness.

This time around, the specific illness isn’t known.  Asked if Harvin has the H1N1 virus, also known as “swine flu,” coach Brad Childress said, “I’m not an epidemiologist.”

So maybe, just maybe, our tongue-in-cheek prediction of Brett Favre being listed on the injury report as having swine flu will come to fruition.

Man, we hope he doesn’t also come down with polio.

45 responses to “Percy Harvin is sick, again

  1. If I do come down with polio it will be a perfect excuse for the 6,573 interceptions that my receivers caused during my illustrious career. Where is the vicadin?

  2. You know, I hate to say it, but sometimes when young people have cancer they get sick for a couple years at random but frequent intervals before one of the sicknesses gets to the point where a doctor orders some studies done.
    Hope that’s not the case, but maybe they should check it out.

  3. He’s avoiding drug tests. Or hiding something else. No football player gets that sick that often that they can’t perform. Colt McCoy played last week with the flu. An IV at half-time and he was good to go. Joe Montana sucked chicken soup and gatorade to play in the cotton bowl.

  4. You idiots shouldnt talk. Who knows the underlying cause. He could have something that hasnt been found yet as an earlier poster mentioned. Also a lot of ppl around here are sick with the flu right now or just have colds in general. Hopefully this isnt a big deal.

  5. This is 3 times now? There could be a few things here and it should be very simple to figure out.
    1) Harvin is partying too much and can’t practice.
    2) He’s actually really sick (God forbid) and the team should send him out for tests. You can never be too careful. What if it’s something serious?
    Anyways, a guy in the NFL getting “sick” 3 times is something to be concerned about. No way this should happen if it’s just a minor issue.

  6. I am hardly a Brett Favre fan. In fact, I can’t wait for the guy to retire and stay retired.
    But come on, enough with the polio joke. It has gotten so old it ain’t even amusing anymore…

  7. As a former college athlete, let me tell you what it MUST be:
    cocktail flu (seinfeld reference Florio).
    Dehydration: check
    “flu like” symptoms: check
    young man with women all over him at clubs: check
    cocktail flu.
    mark it down.

  8. Report on Adrian Peterson’s sore back!
    Why is it sore?
    From carrying Favre!
    Favre purposely missed training camp, don’t see an issue with guys taking a day off here and there. You do say no-show, did he miss it and give notice or no-call no show type of thing?
    They are not going to have a Vince Young incident are they?

  9. Hey, LiveNBreatheStupidThoughts: There’s a big difference between missing practice with the flu and missing a game. So don’t compare them. I’m sure he could take an IV like Colt McCoy (or Adrian Peterson against the Browns in week one), but no sense doing that for a Thursday practice.
    And look at the other two instances — being removed from an airplane and asked to leave a symposium. Are you calling him a whimp for not taking an IV and sucking it up for those tasks?
    And skipping practice won’t help with a drug test. As a first time offender (from the failed test at the combine) he should be subject to unannounded random tests. Those don’t get cancelled if he’s not there for a day, and one day wouldn’t do much to clean the system.

  10. Dwight White played in Super Bowl IX, was in the hospital for pneumonia and checked out to play, went back later.
    However, maybe Percy has some sort of rhematologic immune disorder. Those who have it are extremely susceptible to germs and get sick often, don’t even realize they have it. It doesn’t show up on routine tests.

  11. the weeeed weakans the imune. and childress who does he think h e is?? cant wait til he fails and never gets a coaching job again if he cant do anything with this roster than he is a bum!

  12. 1) 02/22/2009 – Arrives at the NFL combine on drugs with full knowledge and prior warning he would be tested for drug abuse. Tests positive for marijuanna. Placed in NFL’s substance abuse program. The NFL is now spending extra resources monitoring the player.
    2) 5/1/2009 – missed 1st rookie practice do to severe dehydration, cause unknown, called in sick.
    3) 06/29/2009 – Arrives at the NFL required rookie symposium and then tells medical personnel he is too ill to participate and is sent home.
    4) 06/30/09 – Harvin ordered to attend the 2010 rookie symposium. Like the kid that flunked first grade Percy has to attend next year.
    5) 07/31/09 – Harvin fails to report to Training Camp on time.
    6) 08/04/09 – Harvin’s contract with the Vikings is disapproved by the NFL for rules violations.
    7) 08/14/09 – Harvin is “hurt” (shoulder) and misses his first game, the preseason opener.
    8) 09/24/09 Harvin misses practices due to another mystery illness that the vikings refuse to discuss.
    Since being drafted Harvin has had a problem at least once every month. The pattern of trouble will continue.

  13. Harvin better get his shit together – he surrounds himself with an entourage of thugs and losers and if he doesn’t shape up quick, he’s going to end up throwing his career away.
    Damn if he’s not exciting as hell to watch though.

  14. I knew before I even started reading this article that you would turn this into something about Farve. Your always dreaming about his teabags. What’s the deal with you always wishing diseases on him? What does this have to do with Harvin being ill??

  15. Since nobody has stated the obvious I will. H1N1 concerns are aplenty in Minneapolis area right now and it is quite possible that the team has a policy of keeping players away from practice if they have flu like symptoms until H1N1 can be eliminated.

  16. Tali-Bob —
    You follow the Vikings so closely, I’m surprised you forgot to mention the week 1 touchdown and week 2 touchdown.

  17. SoCalSean says:
    September 24, 2009 10:25 PM
    “Florio = FAIL”
    Posting on a website to indicate how much you dislike it = HAVING THE PATHETICALLY EMPTY LIFE OF A COMPLETE LOSER.

  18. Sando is right on. Some schools in MN report 25% of their kids sick with flu right now…not a laughing matter. Hope he is ok and maybe should be tested for a more serious condition if this pattern persists. There is no question this kid is a gamer and can bring alot of excitement to the NFL.

  19. Since nobody has stated the obvious I will. H1N1 concerns are aplenty in Minneapolis area right now and it is quite possible that the team has a policy of keeping players away from practice if they have flu like symptoms until H1N1 can be eliminated.
    ____________________________________
    WHAT??? They are no greater here than anywhere else. I was just at St. Joes a week ago and there were NO extra precautions being taken. The only story I’ve heard about was regarding school buses that will be wiped down with bleach – only after an outbreak is recognized.
    This H1N1 stuff is BS anyway – it’s the media who’s puffed this up into something scandalous . If it wasn’t for the source(swine) and the time of year(summer) it wouldn’t have been a blip on the scale. H1N1 killed far less people than the regular flu did last year. And yes, I do have a knowledge about the situation. As gruesome as it sounds, my company tracks each flu season – it effects our bottom line.

  20. Yeah, he got the flu after previously having a cold — I’ll bet it’s a combination of cancer/AIDS/herpes/elephantitis and he’ll be dead in 3 weeks. Sheesh, the sky is falling. I guess we just have to admit that Percy (and his 2 TDs to date) will turn out to be another Harrell, or a Brohm, or a Barbre, or a Rouse, or a Hawk, or pehaps just like every other crappy O-lineman playing in the land of cheese.

  21. marcduke – i don’t think anyone is saying swine flu will kill anyone. the fact is it IS spreading and is everywhere. It’s very uncomfortable and can legitimately put people down for awhile.
    percy obviously has either a propensity to contract everything that comes within miles of him (immune deficiency?), or just a string of bad luck.
    the bottom line is he hasn’t missed a regular season game yet, and he’s 2/2 with TD’s in games he plays. I’m not even a Vikings fan and i’d take those stats even with his illnesses.

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