Percy Harvin has fully torn ligament in ankle
A source with knowledge of the injury confirmed the Minnesota Vikings’ top receiver Percy Harvin is suffering from a Grade 3 left ankle sprain since being sidelined from the 4th November game against the Seattle Seahawks. The diagnosis indicates that Percy Harvin sustained a complete ligament tear to the left ankle, which could take four to six weeks to properly heal. This puts Sunday’s game on a five week’s mark since Percy Harvin initially took the ankle injury.
The Minnesota Vikings were initially optimistic about Percy Harvin’s early return from the ankle injury, coming back from their bye week with a 25th November game against the Chicago Bears. Although the Minnesota Vikings had Percy Harvin previously listed as doubtful, they downgraded him to inactive over the past two weeks, for the road trip against the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. Percy Harvin workout on a limited basis in a single practice last week and has continued to experience pain in the ankle as well as struggled on turning, which could put strain on the injured ligaments.
However, Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier stated on Monday that he hoped Percy Harvin will be able to return from the ankle injury this week. Percy Harvin is expected to practice again on Wednesday, as the Minnesota Vikings prepare to claim a win at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears, in their first home-to-home games series this season. The Chicago Bears won the first game of the series.
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com suggested that Percy Harvin could be still looking to play against the Chicago Bears this week after taking a painkiller injection to reduce the inflammation, which in turn promotes healing of the ankle.
Over the past two weeks, the Minnesota Vikings passing game has been a mess in Percy Harvin’s absence. And the Minnesota Vikings wide receivers have been making an underwhelming production, considering that after missing three-games, Percy Harvin still leads the team with 62 receptions for 677 yards, 32 receptions more than runner-up Michael Jenkins.
Percy Harvin sustained the ankle injury in the third quarter of the Minnesota Vikings’ 30-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks when a defender rolled up on his ankle. Although Precy Harvin attempted to return back in the game after taping up the ankle, he gave out on several occasions. An MRI later the next day confirmed the ankle sprain.
Percy Harvin has one year remaining on his five-year rookie contract, after being drafted 22nd overall out of University of Florida in 2009. The 24-year-old Percy Harvin is due $1.55 million in basic salary and expects a new contact at the end of the season.
Although Percy Harvin has faced s variety of health issues, the Pro Bowl selection has missed only three games over his first three seasons in the NFL.