Vikings place Percy Harvin on IR for season
Coach Leslie Frazier remained cryptic over Percy Harvin’s status during a press conference on Wednesday and chose not to share the Minnesota Vikings wide receiver’s that diagnosed him with a Grade 3 ankle sprain.
“Hard to say. Hard to say” was all Leslie Frazier could state of Percy Harvin’s status for the remaining season.
Hours later, the Minnesota Vikings revealed just how serious Percy Harvin’s ankle injury was from the initial diagnosis, by placing him on the season-ending injured reserve. Even severe sprains typically don’t take longer than 4-6 weeks to heal, which implies that this injury could be so serious that Percy Harvin may require ankle surgery.
However, Leslie Frazier stated on Thursday he was keeping his “finger crossed” against a scenario that required Percy Harvin to ankle surgery.
“He should not have to have surgery. At least we’re hoping that,”’ said Leslie Frazier. “They’ll continue to go through what they’re going through.”
Leslie Frazier also further elaborated over the team’s decision to place Percy Harvin on the injured reserve, claiming the 24-year-old was making slow progress from the ankle sprains despite doing “pretty much the things that the trainers have asked him to do" during rehabilitation.
“It still was at a point where we couldn’t get the things that needed to be done, to make enough progress for us to say, ‘OK, he’s moving in the right direction,’” Leslie Frazier said about the Minnesota Vikings’ evaluation of Percy Harvin’s prospect of return from ankle injury. “He made some progress at times, but it was incremental. Not to the point (we wanted it)… He’s such a valuable commodity. You don’t want to do anything that’s going to create some long-term ill effects.”
Although the Minnesota Vikings had been betting on Percy Harvin to return during the final stretch of four-games this season, the team chose not to risk their top pass-rusher’s health after he suffered a setback with a some ligament tearing in the injured ankle.
“I think it helps all of us. For him to concentrate on what he has to concentrate on from a physical standpoint,” said Leslie Frazier, “and knowing that he wasn’t going to make the progress that was necessary for him to get back and play this season.”
Percy Harvin also released a statement over the disappointing end to the season, especially when he was leading the NFL in running and rushing yards prior to the ankle injury.
“As a competitor I definitely wanted to get back out on the field but my injury has just not allowed me to progress to the point where I can help our team," said Percy Harvin. “I appreciate the efforts of our medical staff and the support of our fans in helping me through this process and look forward to coming back stronger and better than ever."
Percy Harvin’s absence is a crippling blow to the Minnesota Vikings offense which struggled passing the ball throughout the season, and just doesn’t have that many productive wide receivers. Through nine games, Percy Harvin had 62 receptions for 677 yards and three touchdowns, as well as 22 rushes for 96 yards and one score and one kickoff return for a touchdown.