Harvin returns to Vikings

Percy Harvin was back on the sidelines Friday after collapsing during Thursday's practice and being taken to the hospital, where he stayed overnight. A timetable for his return is still up in the air.

Percy Harvin returned to the sidelines of Vikings practice less than 24 hours after collapsing on the field and being taken to a local hospital by ambulance.

Harvin suffered a migraine just before the official start of practice on Thursday, went inside to be examined by a team doctor and then returned to the field to watch practice. Shortly after his return, he went to the ground and was trembling, according to head coach Brad Childress.

He stayed overnight at the hospital but was back talking with coaches, teammates and trainers on the sidelines at the start of Friday's practice.

"Everybody was worried. Kind of sad that it happened like that. But we're glad to have him back out here today," fellow receiver and close friend Sidney Rice said after Friday's practice.

Vikings coach Brad Childress said he didn't think Harvin was showing any more signs of the migraine headaches he experienced Thursday, but he wasn't ready to put any timetable on Harvin's return to action. He will not make the trip to San Francisco this weekend.

"It felt good to see him back walking around, moving around. The way he left the field yesterday was kind of scary, but it was good to see him back," linebacker E.J. Henderson said.

Receiver Bernard Berrian said Harvin was in good spirits and was doing fine, and Childress said Harvin could have probably done some work in practice except that the doctors want to run some more tests.

"I don't think there are going to be any quick fixes. It's going to be a work in progress," Childress said of Harvin's repeated migraine episodes. "Even though you'd like to stick it in a box and have it be fixed this way, history has told us that migraines aren't that way."

Harvin didn't address the media and stayed only for the start of practice, which was moved inside after about 20 minutes because of rain. He was originally scheduled to talk to the media after Thursday's practice after missing two weeks of training camp, originally because of the death of his grandmother and then another bout with migraines.


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