Vikings Could Be Even Thinner At Wide Receiver This Week
By Dan Zinski
Oct 21, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin (12) celebrates his touchdown during the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
Percy Harvin isn’t the only Vikings wide receiver nursing an injury right now. On Monday the team returned from the bye and we learned that Michael Jenkins is battling a foot issue. Jenkins and Harvin were both unable to practice and both could be question marks for this weekend’s game against the Bears.
Leslie Frazier explained the situation with Jenkins. He said Jenkins injured the foot against Detroit and after a week of rest it was still bothering him so he was held out of practice. An MRI showed no structural damage and Frazier says Jenkins will test the foot on Wednesday to see where he is.
Frazier also indicated that Percy Harvin would be held out until Wednesday. Frazier said Harvin stayed in Minnesota during the bye to rehab his sprained ankle and made some progress. But he’s not back yet to where he can practice.
The Vikings were able to beat the Lions without Harvin, but can they continue to roll offensively without their best receiver? There’s some thinking that losing Harvin actually helped the offense because it allowed other things to open up. But I believe that is just wishful thinking. The Vikings beat Detroit because Detroit’s secondary is bad and because their defensive line didn’t get enough pressure on Christian Ponder. And of course because Adrian Peterson ran roughshod over Detroit.
The idea that Ponder is helped by not forcing the ball to Percy sounds good but let’s see that idea put into practice against a good defense like the Bears’. Maybe I’m crazy but I’d rather have Percy in there. I’m guessing Christian Ponder agrees, even if Percy does sometimes get on his nerves by screaming for the ball.
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