Percy Harvin missed two games of practice last week with migraine headaches. Then he went out on Sunday and ran a kick-off back 101 yards for a touchdown, contributing mightily to the Vikings‘ hard-fought win over the 49ers.
Clearly, the loss of practice time didn’t hurt Harvin – for one week. But, given the difficulty Brett Favre has had generating consistent chemistry with Percy and the other receivers, it would not be good for Harvin to make a habit of skipping practice.
Unfortunately, that matter may not be in Harvin’s hands. According to a Star-Trib report, Harvin’s migraine issues go way back – all the way to middle school. He controls the headaches with medication, but as we’ve already seen, they continue to crop up at inconvenient times.
None of this is a surprise to the Vikings, who learned of the migraines while studying Harvin’s situation ahead of the draft. Clearly, the migraines, like Percy’s alleged marijuana abuse and occasional disciplinary issues, were not enough to overshadow Brad Childress‘s enthusiasm over the player’s physical gifts.
And we’ve now all seen why Brad was so enthusiastic. After three weeks, Harvin has three touchdowns and an NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award to his credit.
Hopefully, the migraines will not be a significant issue as the season progresses. It would suck for such a promising rookie campaign to be scuttled by such a problem. If Harvin’s stellar Florida career was any indication though, the problem should not get in the way of his on-field performance.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it doesn’t keep cutting into his practice time either. Like I said before, all our receivers need all the reps they can get with Brett Favre, who missed training camp and the first preseason game while he mulled his career options.