Percy Harvin Calls Himself "Long Shot" to Play Next Week

Harvin calls himself a "long shot" to play, ankle sprained in three places

11/5/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Oct 25, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin (12) carries the ball during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIREAfter rolling his ankle and finishing Sunday's game against the Seahawks at far less than 100 percent, Vikings' wide receiver Percy Harvin has deemed himself a "long shot" to play in next week's game against the Lions. Though Harvin feels the chances are slim, he's not yet ready to concede the fourth missed game of his four year career. "We've got work to do," Harvin told reporters. "It's a long shot but I'm not ruling myself out."

Harvin is one of the toughest players in the NFL - as I alluded to before, he's only missed three games in four years despite frequent nagging injuries. However, Judd Zulgad of ESPN Twin Cities called Harvin a "big-time long shot," and his ankle is reportedly sprained in three different places. It would likely take an immense amount of pain tolerance to play through the injury, and even if Harvin can take the pain, the ankle may not be in good enough shape for him to be effective.

There is both good news and bad news about the timing of Harvin's injury. I'll start with the bad: next on the schedule for the reeling Vikings is a divisional matchup against the Lions. After losing three of their last four, a win against a division opponent could be huge for the Vikings, but they probably won't have Harvin to help them get it done. The good news, however, is that after the game against the Lions, the Vikings have a bye week, which would give Harvin two weeks off to recover from his injury.

Stepping up in Harvin's absence will be Michael Jenkins and Jerome Simpson, who have combined for a mere 34 catches and 404 yards this season. They have almost no shot at making up for Harvin's production, as he has 62 catches for 677 yards on his own. Devin Aromashodu (10 catches, 151 yards) will also get more looks. Running back Toby Gerhart may get more carries than usual, as Harvin is often used as a halfback as well.

Harvin's fantasy owners should be planning other strategies for this week, but can expect Harvin to be back in action after the Vikings' bye. The other receivers aren't worth picking up, as they've done next to nothing all season, and quarterback Christian Ponder has been held to less than 65 yards in two of the Vikings' last three games.
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