It’s no surprise that wide receiver Percy Harvin missed practice for the Vikings on Wednesday.
Harvin called himself a “long shot” to play in Week 10 as a result of the ankle injury that he suffered during last week’s loss to the Seahawks. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier is sounding more optimistic notes about Harvin’s chances of both returning to practice and playing against the Lions. He said Harvin is “making improvements” as the week moves along.
“Percy is doing better,” Frazier said, via Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. “He won’t practice (Wednesday). We’ll take it day to day, see how he feels (Thursday).”
Harvin has 62 catches for 677 yards this season and he’s scored five touchdowns. The Vikings are getting Jarius Wright ready to fill a bigger role on the offense in the event that Harvin can’t play. Frazier also said that Jerome Simpson hasn’t returned to his old form since hurting his back earlier this season, so this isn’t really shaping up to be the weekend that the Vikings passing game snaps back to life.
Or, put another way, Adrian Peterson should probably plan on a busy day.