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Harvin OK, back at camp

August 21, 2010
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin is back with the team after an overnight hospital stay following a scary migraine attack, though his return to the field remains unclear.

The former Florida Gators star was on the practice field Friday morning wearing a T-shirt, shorts and tennis shoes, drinking Gatorade while smiling and chatting with coaches. He exchanged handshakes and hugs with a few teammates - waving at Pat Williams after the defensive tackle yelled "Hey, Perce, what's up?" - before walking inside the team's practice facility.

Harvin was taken away from Winter Park by ambulance Thursday after getting sick and collapsing on the field, a sobering scene that prompted the Vikings to end practice early.

Harvin has missed all but a handful of practices since training camp began three weeks ago, plagued again by the unpredictable, debilitating migraine episodes that can leave him unable to function, let alone put on a helmet and pads and run around the field.

But Harvin was, by all accounts, doing fine one day later.

"He probably could've come over here and done some things today, except for the fact that they've got a couple tests that they want to finish with," coach Brad Childress said.

Harvin will not travel with the team to San Francisco for Sunday's exhibition game against the 49ers. With the regular season opener in New Orleans less than three weeks away, his availability - let alone ability to contribute at an elite level - is in question.

Wide receiver Sidney Rice, who hasn't practiced yet himself because of a lingering hip injury, is also in that uncertain category. Rice said Friday he's having "a little bit of pain" and acknowledged his readiness "is still up in the air" for the big Saints game on Sept. 9.

 
 

 

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