Sep 18, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin (12) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Metrodome. The Buccaneers defeated the Vikings 24-20. Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Vikings Wide Receiver Percy Harvin Returns to Minicamp

Two days after complaining about his (unspecified) “situation” and one day after his day-long hiatus from practice, Percy Harvin has returned to Vikings minicamp, according to Leslie Frazier who spoke on KFAN Thursday morning.

Don’t you miss the days the Vikings called this kind of stuff “migraines”? Ah, simpler times.

It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise Harvin returned to practice so quickly. This whole story never developed the way it usually does with unhappy holdout-prone players. Harvin refused to comment on why he was upset, just saying he was unhappy with his “situation.”

I’m not sure if that was some ill-fated attempt to keep it “in-house” or if he just isn’t good at making up BS on the spot.

Usually there is a little bit more grumbling before a player goes to the media. Someone gets a whiff of uneasiness (a schism, if you will) in the locker room before anyone comes out and says it. Instead, Harvin just blindsided everyone.

What did Harvin think was going to happen? Rick Spielman just gets on the phone and calls up one of his ol’ buddies and makes a trade on the spot?

“Oh, hey there, Percy. What can I do for you?”

“Hi, Rick, I’d like a trade.”

“One moment, please, while I process your transaction.”

Something tells me it didn’t quite work like that. So Harvin takes the next logical step: a one-day holdout to send a message.


I guess we couldn’t have a Vikings minicamp without a little ill-conceived schism-drama. Should we pop the champagne now? It’s officially Vikings season!


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