With all the bad news the Vikings have dealt with over the last month, from the surgery to Sidney Rice's hip to lingering injuries to Cedric Griffin and John Sullivan to the loss of top draft pick Chris Cook to a meniscus injury, the team could use some good news.
It got some Thursday, as Percy Harvin returned to practice on a limited basis after what has become something of a sad regularity for the second-year wide receiver this season. On Monday, Harvin had an MRI performed on his injured hip, which he aggravated in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins. On Wednesday, he missed practice after sustaining yet another migraine headache. But on Thursday, Harvin was back practicing and looking forward to Sunday.
Harvin said his latest bout with migraines was a short one – it came in the morning and was done by late afternoon. It was mild in comparison to some of the debilitating migraines he has suffered, but it was yet another reminder that, even with some of the best medical minds at his disposal, the issue persists.
Harvin said he's learning to dealing with them and handles them as they come. He doesn't miss sleep worrying that he'll wake up with the next one. He said he can't live that way.
"You don't know when they're going to come," Harvin said. "I try not to think about it. When they come, we call the doctors and deal with it. From there, I don't go about my day worrying about getting a headache. If they come, they come. If they don't, that's a plus."
With the migraine issue passed (for now), the question being posed to Harvin now is the condition of his injured hip. As with the migraines, Harvin said he's on track to return and had what was viewed by his teammates as a strong practice Thursday.
"It felt fine today," Harvin said. "I ran with the (first-team offense) today and a lot of people said I looked good. I'm just going to keep treating it. It's going to be fine."
There has been a lot of speculation about the anemic Vikings passing game. Only Buffalo and Kansas City have thrown for less wide receiver yardage than the Vikings and the finger is being pointed at players like Harvin and Bernard Berrian as being the reason the passing offense is struggling. Harvin said that, although the offense has sputtered much more than it did in last year's magical run, things aren't as bad as they may seem.
"We watched film and we're fine," Harvin said. "Coach (Brad Childress) pulled us aside a couple of days ago and let us know that we're doing exactly what we have to do. The play calls aren't exactly the same as they were last year. I think we're waiting for the offense to get in sync before we put in some of the plays. It's coming."
Harvin said he expects his role to increase as the Vikings try to right the ship. He has been getting reps as a punt returner, as well as his duties on kick returns and as a primary wide receiver target. He knows his role will be critical to any success the Vikings will have and said that he isn't overly concerned about the Vikings' 0-2 start.
While it's maddening to some that the offense hasn't been able to put together the fourth-quarter drives that could have turned their two losses into two wins, Harvin said nobody is losing faith in the Vikings locker room. Despite a brutal schedule on the horizon, Harvin said there is still plenty of time for the Vikings to turn things around and it's only going to be a matter of time until the Vikings of 2010 start to resemble the Vikings of 2009.
"I'm not frustrated at all," Harvin said. "We're a tight-knit group. We had a great practice today and we're all looking forward to getting it going. We will. We all know what we're capable of and we just have to put it all together on the field and all three phases of the game – offense, defense and special teams – click at the same time."
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.
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