Percy Harvin made a surprise start in the Vikings' third preseason game, made his presence immediately felt during the game and then talked optimistically about his medical situation after the game.
Harvin has missed the vast majority of practices since the Vikings opened training camp one month ago because of the death of his grandmother and a series of problems relating to his migraine headaches. He collapsed on the practice field more than a week ago and was taken to a local hospital by ambulance, but recent medical tests having him feeling like a solution might be in the works.
"Hopefully we found out what the problem was. I'm confident. All the doctors are confident, so I think we've got something going. So hopefully that works," said Harvin, who wouldn't reveal what was found.
"I did a test last night and they found some things that we think was the main cause of it. We're feeling really confident. I know we said that a couple times, but I think this time we found what the main cause was. I'm not saying I'll never get a headache again, but hopefully we can slow it down a little bit."
Vikings coach Brad Childress said he couldn't reveal the results of the test because of HIPPA medical laws protecting patients' privacy.
"Right now, I'm comfortable with what the doctors say," Childress said. "They have done everything they can to look at him, all of the areas they need to, and he is green-lighted as you said."
Harvin said he "felt good" and had "no headaches." He's optimistic that the worst is behind him.
"It's been rough, but it's life. I don't want the easy way out sometimes. It's life," he said. "I'm dealing with it and good to be back out here with my teammates. I've got the utmost respect for the program and all the staff. They put together some things for me and they stuck together by my side. I'm very happy to be back out here."
He looked the part of a healthy receiver, too.
On the Vikings' first offensive snap, he caught a 34-yard pass from Brett Favre. He caught only one more pass, which resulted in a 4-yard loss on a wide receiver screen, but he also took a big hit from safety Earl Thomas on an incompletion. He got up slowly from that hit, but he made his way back to the sidelines and left the field after the game with a smile on his face.
"I would like to see him more active in the offense," Childress said. "There are some signs of rust, you can tell from some of those routes he ran. It's just good to see his smiling face out there. He didn't seem any worse for the wear. He took a couple pretty good licks."
Harvin was expected to return to practice earlier in the week, but he was limited to catching several passes and jogging a few yards at half speed in Wednesday's work and showed up toward the end of Thursday's practice.
"It felt great to finally get back out here with my teammates, get some of the rust off. I've just got to get back, get in great shape and get ready," he said.
"I think everything should be behind me and I'm looking forward to the season."
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