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Percy Harvin downplays ankle injury and heated sideline conversation

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It was a frustrating day for everyone involved with the Vikings offense.

Wide receiver Percy Harvin let that frustration boil over in the second quarter after a trip into the red zone for the Vikings ended with a field goal instead of a touchdown. Harvin, who was critical of the play calling in the passing game, gave coach Leslie Frazier a heaping earful on the sideline after the drive and declined to elaborate on what might have been said when asked about it after the game.

“I just want to score points. It’s frustrating not scoring,” Harvin said, via Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press. “I’m not going to talk about what the coach and I discussed. We had a conversation in the heat of the moment, trying to get things right. That’s all it was.”

Frazier also downplayed things after the game, saying that it came from Harvin’s desire to win. Such moments usually aren’t a big deal, but the same can’t be said of leg injuries to your best wide receiver. Harvin added a left ankle injury to his already aching right hamstring during Sunday’s game and it definitely seemed to affect his ability to play at full speed even if he remained in the game after getting hurt. Harvin said he was fine after the game.

“We’ll do further evaluations on Monday. Right now, it is just sore,” Harvin said.

Given how little the Vikings have done through the air with Harvin in the lineup, the prospect of running the offense without him gives rise to thoughts about feelings beyond frustration. Desperation comes to mind.

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31 Responses to “Percy Harvin downplays ankle injury and heated sideline conversation”
  1. dcviking says: Nov 5, 2012 11:37 AM

    The whole sideline blow resulted from Frazier telling Harvin that he was smaller than he thought he would be…

  2. titogetmesometissue says: Nov 5, 2012 11:40 AM

    I’m sure he was just respectfully requesting a trade.

  3. technovike says: Nov 5, 2012 11:46 AM

    Percy Harvin is a Machine.
    Adrian Peterson is The Hulk.

    Ponder should try playing Madden.

  4. gergie1957 says: Nov 5, 2012 11:47 AM

    AD and Harvin have carried this offense on their backs this year. And it’s starting to wear on their bodies.
    Listening to the press conference with Fraser and Ponder nothing is going to change. When you have an offense that passes for 67 yards in an entire. More than likely you lose.

    One thing, Ziggy, Pay Percy.

  5. golforepar says: Nov 5, 2012 11:50 AM

    Percy, don’t complain! Just sign with the Packers!

  6. rhone16 says: Nov 5, 2012 11:51 AM

    Hmmm… Offense sputtering after some initial success, angry skill position players, and an offensive coordinator about to be the scapegoat–Leslie Frazier’s Vikings are starting to remind me of Mike Singletary’s reign over my 49ers. If I’m right, I feel bad for Vikings fans. The next couple years could be rough.

  7. flvikesfan says: Nov 5, 2012 11:52 AM

    Pretty sure it’s time to see what Joe Webb has to offer because Ponder is simply NOT the answer!!

  8. eastsideballa says: Nov 5, 2012 12:01 PM

    The only time you see a verbal confrontation between a player and his coach is when it’s a black coach and black player. I’m not racist at all but through experience black people do not respect other black people in authority. JMHO

  9. irishgary says: Nov 5, 2012 12:07 PM

    As a Packer fan I love the Vikings, they’re so dysfunctional, yet entertaining.

  10. dstep24 says: Nov 5, 2012 12:15 PM

    This is merely a common scene with receivers who come into a game against these Seahawks corners, thinking its just another day at the office. Harvin was completely shut down by Sherman and Browner, and this is the REAL reason why he’s a bit buzzed. A lot of teams would love to score with their outside WRs but Seattle simply doesn’t allow it. Hey Percy, give Steve Smith, Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant a call and you’ll find that you aren’t the only one.

  11. jhein23 says: Nov 5, 2012 12:16 PM

    Vikings fans talked so much the first few weeks, now they are quiet as they realized what most nfl fans knew all along their QB is trash and their team is a 6-10 squad with lots of holes.

  12. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Nov 5, 2012 12:27 PM

    Maybe Percy should worry about holding onto the ball instead of play calling. Fumbling on his own 18-yard line in the first quarter turned the game around.

  13. coolzog says: Nov 5, 2012 12:46 PM

    The real headscratcher is why Harvin was allowed to keep playing when he could barely jog his routes due to his ankle injury.

    That and Ponder looks completely lost out there. Why you keep playing a QB who is making terrible decisions and throws all day is mind boggling. Webb Should have come in shortly after halftime as it became apparent Ponder was not picking up his game anytime soon. Ponder has been arguably the worst QB in the league over the last 4-5 games.

    Frazier is clueless.

  14. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Nov 5, 2012 12:48 PM

    Its a rebuilding year, and as much as it hurts you need to start Ponder the rest of the year to see what you have. Starting Webb will do nothing for your teams long term success.

  15. schmitty2 says: Nov 5, 2012 12:55 PM

    dstep24 says:Nov 5, 2012 12:15 PM

    This is merely a common scene with receivers who come into a game against these Seahawks corners, thinking its just another day at the office. Harvin was completely shut down by Sherman and Browner, and this is the REAL reason why he’s a bit buzzed. A lot of teams would love to score with their outside WRs but Seattle simply doesn’t allow it. Hey Percy, give Steve Smith, Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant a call and you’ll find that you aren’t the only one

    Yes, the Db’s their are good but they are beatable. I’ve seen Sherman abused on a number of occasions. So what if he “shut down” Megatron? How did it work out for him covering Titus Young?

  16. florioisshort says: Nov 5, 2012 12:59 PM

    Rock Solid!

  17. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 5, 2012 1:07 PM

    What a headache!

  18. jollyjoker2 says: Nov 5, 2012 1:21 PM

    Whats’ that cry baby’s problem now? Oh, is a headache..no it’s a hamstring. I will put money that he is injured by the end of the season. Trade him for a speed burning deep threat and the vikes would be much, much better off.

  19. thepvyharvin says: Nov 5, 2012 1:28 PM

    Harvin and Peterson are 2 of the most electric players in the NFL,,,I understand we had to give Plunder a chance but my patience in gone. Hell, Sage Rosenfel could at least throw. Bring in the MBT, guys got a cannon. Maybe he’ll surprise us!

  20. purplekoolaid1 says: Nov 5, 2012 1:45 PM

    If I were Harvin, I would be bummed that I didn’t get traded by the deadline. Ponder is hands down the worst current starting QB in the NFL. He is downright awful. Saying he was a reach in the draft is a massive understatement.

  21. bobnelsonjr says: Nov 5, 2012 1:46 PM

    Headache Harvin held out of training camp in August and demanded to be traded from the vikings.

    It is obvious he is not happy.

    He will be a free agent at the end of the season.

    Why would he stay with a team in desperate need of a QB?

    Why would he stay with a team that has not been able to average 5 wins a season over the last 3 years, likely getting another coaching staff, and “rebuilding” for who knows how many years?

  22. hadjiali says: Nov 5, 2012 2:12 PM

    eastsideballa says:
    Nov 5, 2012 12:01 PM
    The only time you see a verbal confrontation between a player and his coach is when it’s a black coach and black player. I’m not racist at all but through experience black people do not respect other black people in authority. JMHO

    —————————————————-
    No. Phil Simms and Bill Parcells. Jeff George and >insert name here<. Just off the top of my head.

    And try selling that no respect stuff to Mike Tomlin, Tony Dungy, Lovie Smith, etc.

    It was just a player and coach in the heat of the moment, that's all.

  23. getadealdonealready says: Nov 5, 2012 2:20 PM

    That sideline meltdown is exhibit A in why he hasn’t gotten paid. While a great talent, I’m tired of athletes hiding behind the “heat of the moment” excuse to act like a child. Shut up, play ball, and last don’t put the ball on the ground then taking 3 instead of 7 isn’t such a big deal.

  24. whatjusthapped says: Nov 5, 2012 2:31 PM

    I’m sure Harvin’s comments came from his desire to win, a real rarity among the current Viking players. With Mr. Noodle Arm at QB, there are plenty more moments like this ahead in 2012.

  25. dstep24 says: Nov 5, 2012 2:56 PM

    schmitty2 says:
    Nov 5, 2012 12:55 PM

    Yes, the Db’s their are good but they are beatable. I’ve seen Sherman abused on a number of occasions. So what if he “shut down” Megatron? How did it work out for him covering Titus Young?

    ____________________________

    Well, considering that Sherman was lined up on Young for only one of the completions to Young that day, and the pass was a 46 yd touchdown that was a result of broken safety help (over the top – Chancellor) in zone defense, not bad.

    And tell me when you’ve seen Sherman get abused. It hasn’t happened. Go back and re-watch the All-22 from both last year and this year on every defensive play. Sherman has not been “abused on a number of occasions”. Someone doesn’t watch football very closely before throwing out gross generalizations.

    And look at Football Outsiders eval of Sherman. Look at PD #s for this year in the league, and look at INTs. #freeeducation

  26. schmitty2 says: Nov 5, 2012 3:22 PM

    dstep24 says:Nov 5, 2012 2:56 PM

    schmitty2 says:
    Nov 5, 2012 12:55 PM

    Yes, the Db’s their are good but they are beatable. I’ve seen Sherman abused on a number of occasions. So what if he “shut down” Megatron? How did it work out for him covering Titus Young?

    ____________________________

    Well, considering that Sherman was lined up on Young for only one of the completions to Young that day, and the pass was a 46 yd touchdown that was a result of broken safety help (over the top – Chancellor) in zone defense, not bad.

    And tell me when you’ve seen Sherman get abused. It hasn’t happened. Go back and re-watch the All-22 from both last year and this year on every defensive play. Sherman has not been “abused on a number of occasions”. Someone doesn’t watch football very closely before throwing out gross generalizations.

    And look at Football Outsiders eval of Sherman. Look at PD #s for this year in the league, and look at INTs. #freeeducation

    Oh so because Football Outsiders gave him a good eval than thats fact? How about last year when he said A.J Green wasnt that good even though Green torched him or Chris Givens caught a 50 yard bomb in the Rams game? I’m not saying he is a bad player but the guy is getting more and more arrogant every week. Harvin could have went out of bounds on a catch and he took Sherman on head to head

  27. deltaoracle says: Nov 5, 2012 4:07 PM

    Eastsideballa, even Tom Terrific had a blow-up with one of his coaches on the bench last year. It happens when people of any color – skin or uniform – play this game.

  28. ad296 says: Nov 5, 2012 4:10 PM

    10

    0

    bobnelsonjr says:Nov 5, 2012 1:46 PM

    Headache Harvin held out of training camp in August and demanded to be traded from the vikings.

    It is obvious he is not happy.

    He will be a free agent at the end of the season.

    Why would he stay with a team in desperate need of a QB?

    Why would he stay with a team that has not been able to average 5 wins a season over the last 3 years, likely getting another coaching staff, and “rebuilding” for who knows how many years?

    ———————————————————-

    He wont be a free agent at the end of the season because he is under contract next season…. get your facts straight before you make a post.

  29. dstep24 says: Nov 5, 2012 5:13 PM

    Correction. Sherman was beaten by Givens. Not Browner. Okay, so he’s been beaten by Givens this year.

    Multiple times, though? Nope. #wrong.

  30. schmitty2 says: Nov 5, 2012 7:45 PM

    dstep24 says:
    Nov 5, 2012 5:13 PM
    Correction. Sherman was beaten by Givens. Not Browner. Okay, so he’s been beaten by Givens this year.

    Multiple times, though? Nope. #wrong.

    When did I ever mention Browner?? Dude,are you drinking?

  31. vikingfan1971 says: Nov 5, 2012 8:12 PM

    so many harvin haters here he is not complaining and yes the reason he didnt play well was due to his ankle not the seahawks and I am sure he is not asking to be traded we love harvin and will not give him up hopefully he will sign on we need him and you can forget it green bay fan he will not come and play for the packers
    we have one more game before our bye and hopefully they can straighten things out after the bye so we can get back on track,

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