With Harvin out for the rest of the season thanks to an ankle injury, many people likely assumed that the procedure was related to his recovery from that injury. It turned out to have nothing to do with his ankle, however.
Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that coach Leslie Frazier said after the game that Harvin needed to have an emergency appendectomy. While that certainly would have impacted his ability to remain on the field if he was otherwise healthy, it shouldn’t play any role in Harvin’s recovery from the ankle injury for next season.
The Vikings didn’t need Harvin to beat the Rams 36-22 on Sunday, lifting them to an 8-6 record and a playoff spot if the season ended today. It doesn’t, though, and they’ll need to find a way to win games against the Texans and Packers in order to advance to the postseason.