With Harvin Out, Vikings Will Look at WR Options Including Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson


Aug 18, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Terrell Owens (10) prior to game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Byron Hetzler-USA TODAY Sports

Percy Harvin was placed on season ending IR Wednesday by the Vikings. That leaves them without an established playmaker at wide receiver with the Bears coming up. Obviously, if the 6-6 Vikings want to stay in the playoff hunt they need to win this game and probably the three games after that. But with no Percy Harvin, their chances of generating a passing game are almost zero. And with no passing attack can they really hope to rattle off four wins and make the postseason?

If they want to make the playoffs, they’ll need to find a wide receiver. The process of dredging one up will begin on Thursday and according to one report pretty much every player is in play right now. Including some very familiar and controversial ones who have spent the entire season looking for work.

A source told Josina Anderson, “We are searching to see what is out there [at WR]. Our scouts are putting together a list of what is out there. We are going to talk about it today.” Anderson asked specifically about Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson and the source replied, “We’d have to think about that. Each one of those guys have some baggage.”

Braylon Edwards also recently became available after being cut by the Seahawks. He has baggage too. To be brutally frank, none of the guys already mentioned, or anyone else currently available, will probably be able to help by this Sunday. How much of the playbook can you pick up in two days? The Vikes will have to beat the Bears with what they have, which will be a tall order. If they can get past that at 7-6, maybe a Chad Johnson or a TO or a Braylon Edwards would be able to contribute something to a final run. But I wouldn’t get my hopes up.

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