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Harvin vows to come back “stronger and better than ever”

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On Wednesday, the Vikings placed receiver Percy Harvin on injured reserve, due to an ankle injury he suffered last month.

On Thursday, Harvin issued a statement regarding the circumstances that ended his fourth year in the NFL.

“It certainly is disappointing that I was not able to finish out this season with my teammates,” Harvin said.  “As a competitor I definitely wanted to get back out on the field but my injury has just not allowed me to progress to the point where I can help our team.

“I appreciate the efforts of our medical staff and the support of our fans in helping me through this process and look forward to coming back stronger and better than ever.”

The bigger question is whether, when Harvin comes back, he’ll be in the final year of his rookie deal or in the first year of a new contract.  Harvin entered the season viewing it as a contract year, with the understanding that the team would offer him an extension after the season ended.  His injury could impact the magnitude of the offer the team is willing to now make.

Regardless, the Vikings need to find a way to keep him around.  Without him, it’s the Adrian Peterson show.  With Harvin, the Vikings have the ability to be much more dynamic on offense.

Or, at a minimum, much less one-dimensional.

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18 Responses to “Harvin vows to come back “stronger and better than ever””
  1. tjacks7 says: Dec 6, 2012 3:00 PM

    Please, please, please let it be on the Vikings. Preferably without the lethal trio of Frazier, Musgrave, and Ponder.

  2. shaggytoodle says: Dec 6, 2012 3:20 PM

    Thats tough to do, improving without practice is hard, he did make some pretty good strides this season.

    I also believe that is, because of him making practice and not having migraines causing him to miss them.

  3. steelerben says: Dec 6, 2012 3:22 PM

    Speaking of All Day, if Harvin is smart, he will talk to him about how to rehab an injury.

  4. burto4 says: Dec 6, 2012 3:23 PM

    If upper managment does not re sign him i will be HIGHLY upset. Dude plays his heart out and is so much fun to watch! LOCK PERCY UP!!

  5. jasncondit says: Dec 6, 2012 3:24 PM

    If he is indeed a Free Agent, you can bet Martin Mayhew will be calling. Now that we’re dumping Titus Young funnel those dollars toward Harvin and put him opposite Megatron. Lethal!

  6. rickytheviking says: Dec 6, 2012 3:25 PM

    tjacks7 says:
    Dec 6, 2012 3:00 PM
    Please, please, please let it be on the Vikings. Preferably without the lethal trio of Frazier, Musgrave, and Ponder.

    You forgot Speilman

  7. dublindemonszfl says: Dec 6, 2012 3:30 PM

    This guy is so tough and hated playing with a crappy qb so bad he cut his own tendon. Ask for a trade Percy, see if you can get them to trade Ponder! He’s terrible and getting worse each week.

  8. ProDolphinsTalk says: Dec 6, 2012 3:51 PM

    Every team needs a guy like this; especially my Dolphins.

  9. tjacks7 says: Dec 6, 2012 4:16 PM

    tjacks7 says:
    Dec 6, 2012 3:00 PM
    Please, please, please let it be on the Vikings. Preferably without the lethal trio of Frazier, Musgrave, and Ponder.

    You forgot Speilman

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    Speilman has only had full control of the roster for one draft. He added Matt Kalil, Harrison Smith, Josh Robinson, Rhett Ellison, Jarious Wright, and Blair Walsh who all look like real players. His draft was great.

    He bought himself some more time, IMO.

  10. purpleguy says: Dec 6, 2012 4:16 PM

    Keeping him around won’t be a big deal at all if the Vikes want him — he’s signed through next season and there’s always the franchise tag. What slays me are these PR cycled “statements” from players that are set out in a fashion everyone readily knows didn’t come out of the players’ mouth.

  11. zn0rseman says: Dec 6, 2012 6:06 PM

    The thing I don’t get is how hard people are being on Ponder right now. Currently he has nobody at WR who should be starting for an NFL team, other than may a rookie 4th round pick in Jarius Wright. Harvin has been hurt all year and Ponder is essentially red-shirt rookie this year who has half the receiving talent of other rookie and second year guys around the league.

    Did people forget that just last season the Vikings had their worst year in franchise history? Without Harvin, Ponder and the Vikings offense lose a powerful weapon and are relegated to once again overusing Adrian Petersonand trying to force the ball in to receivers who aren’t getting any seperation.

    In other words, this team needs receivers like the refs need a clue.

  12. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Dec 6, 2012 6:41 PM

    tjacks7 says:
    Dec 6, 2012 4:16 PM

    Speilman has only had full control of the roster for one draft. He added Matt Kalil, Harrison Smith, Josh Robinson, Rhett Ellison, Jarious Wright, and Blair Walsh who all look like real players. His draft was great.

    He bought himself some more time, IMO.

    That’s a fair point to make, but Speilman is also responsible for signing Jon Carlson and Cheech Simpson, which were horrible signings. Ponder is also Speilman’s guy, which is almost reason enough to fire him…

  13. zn0rseman says: Dec 6, 2012 7:51 PM

    Not to mention the fact that Ponder is tryin to QB a team with no WR’s in an absolutely brutal division. The NFC North is tough.

  14. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 6, 2012 8:00 PM

    I imagine the Ponder apologists will use this to excuse his wretched play.

  15. 7ransponder says: Dec 7, 2012 12:16 AM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Dec 6, 2012 8:00 PM
    I imagine the Ponder apologists will use this to excuse his wretched play.

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    They were before this development. See: Sid Hartman.

  16. joeyashwi says: Dec 7, 2012 12:23 AM

    The fact is Ponder can’t throw. Musgrave doesn’t have a whole lot of options when his QB can’t throw the ball. His receivers are very average but he isn’t hitting the windows he is supposed to. He throws late, high, and without velocity. I don’t care if he’s a smart guy, his football IQ is low. No pocket awareness at all. He has regressed, period. Throwing a five yard pass and having Harvin turn it into a big play helped to mask his inefficiency. He was never first round worthy and the Vikes will be dragged down by him through Peterson’s prime. It’s sad.
    Oh, and I’m a Packer fan. I miss the rivalry games being unpredictable.

  17. zn0rseman says: Dec 7, 2012 12:40 PM

    The fact is Ponder can’t throw. Musgrave doesn’t have a whole lot of options when his QB can’t throw the ball. His receivers are very average but he isn’t hitting the windows he is supposed to. He throws late, high, and without velocity. I don’t care if he’s a smart guy, his football IQ is low. No pocket awareness at all. He has regressed, period. Throwing a five yard pass and having Harvin turn it into a big play helped to mask his inefficiency. He was never first round worthy and the Vikes will be dragged down by him through Peterson’s prime.

    Oh, and I’m a Packer fan. I miss the rivalry games being unpredictable.
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    Dude, I’m calling you out on this. Ponder is not TJoke. Ponder had an above average NFL arm. Ponder is mobile. Ponder throws accurately. And most importanty, he is a good decision maker. Right now he is simply plagued by the fact that he’s effectively a red shirt rookie with absolutely nobody to throw the football to, other than his TEs. I don’t care how good a QB is, if they don’t have recievers who get open, they will not be successful.

  18. whatjusthapped says: Dec 8, 2012 8:13 AM

    The longer the Vikings (and their fans) keep Ponder, the better it is for the rest of the NFC North. I have to believe that Harvin has to factor that into the equation when he considers re-signing with the Vikings or upgrading to a team that has a realistic shot at getting into the playoffs.

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