Tag:Percy Harvin
Posted on: September 23, 2010 10:48 pm

Favre knows this: Vikings offense is struggling

B. Favre said today he'd be lying if he knew exactly what was going on with Minnesota's offense (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Brett Favre has pretty good self-awareness. At least as it relates to today’s weekly news conference with the Twin Cities media.

Entirely appropriate for the starting quarterback of a heavily-hyped squad that so far hasn’t won a game and has led an offense that’s been crappy thus far, Favre said the Vikings offense wasn’t exactly clicking on the field. In fact, he painted a pretty bad picture.

"If I sat here and told you that I knew exactly what we're doing right now I'd be lying," Favre said in remarks transcribed by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "A lot of work is left and it will be an ongoing process until we have our unit how we want to go about things and we’re not there yet.”

That first statement has got to be brutal if you’re a Minnesota fan, and there are a couple of reasons it appears Favre doesn’t seem to know what’s going on.

No. 1, this is what happens sometimes when you miss large portions of training camp. He’s gotten away with it in years past, because he’s such a good freakin’ quarterback. But he’s 40 years old now, and maybe he’s lost a little bit of that magic.

No. 2, the fact Sidney Rice, his favorite target last year, isn’t around is killing him. Plus, Percy Harvin hasn’t been healthy, and Bernard Berrian has been a ghost. For some reason, Greg Camarillo isn’t seeing passes thrown his way, and the only receiver Favre seems to trust at this point is TE Visanthe Shiancoe.
So, does Favre have any words that will soothe the wounds of the Vikings supporters? Can he be optimistic, throw a little of that Favre gumption out there to make everybody feel a little better?

Um, not really.

"It’s hard to be patient and try to get this puzzle pieced together, because we’re doing it as we play," said Favre, who was limited in practice today. "Next week, it could be different. The following week, it could be different. Who knows?"

See, Vikings fans, everything is going to be OK. Or not. Who knows, indeed.

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Posted on: September 23, 2010 5:43 pm

Harvin returns to practice

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Harvin After another brief scare Wednesday, when Vikings WR Percy Harvin missed practice because of migraines and his bum hip, he returned to practice today and said he felt better. He was listed on the practice report as limited, but still, that’s a big sigh of relief for a Minnesota team which needs some good news on offense.

"A lot of people said I looked normal," Harvin told reporters, including the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "(The hip) feels good. It gets fatigued at times. But with treatment, keep lifting and getting strong, I should make a full recovery."

Harvin said he began experiencing the migraine Monday, but it didn’t keep him out long.

"Went home (Wednesday), got a good night's rest and I woke up energized and ready to work today," he said.

It was the first migraine he had suffered since he collapse on the practice field in mid-August, and that’s actually pretty good news. If he can limit his migraines to that extent, there’s less of a chance the team would actually lose him for a game.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: September 20, 2010 12:13 am

Vincent Jackson, Vikings still in rumor mill

B. Favre clearly misses the contributions of S. Rice, who's out for at least half the year after hip surgery (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Without Sidney Rice, the Vikings WR corps is worse than I could have imagined. Percy Harvin is playing with a hip injury and has had minimal impact the first two games of the season. Bernard Berrian has been invisible. Greg Camarillo has two catches in two games.

In fact, the only receiver QB Brett Favre seems to trust is TE Visanthe Shiancoe.

Which is why the Vincent-Jackson-to-the-Vikings rumors live on.

As Will pointed out Saturday , San Diego trading Jackson to Minnesota would make sense, even if San Diego doesn’t really want to trade him (I guess, then, it wouldn’t make that much sense for everybody).

But with another mediocre performance by the Vikings receivers during the team’s 14-10 loss to Miami that dropped them to 0-2 on the season, the possibility of acquiring Jackson is looking like a pretty good idea. Especially since Jackson’s six-game suspension would be cut to four games if he’s traded by 3 p.m. Wednesday.

"It's not for me to decide," Favre told the media after the game, including the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "I've heard the talk just like everyone else. I'll tell you the same thing I tell everyone else: you know as much as I know. All I know is we got to get better with the guys we have in the room. I can't speak for other guys that are not here."

But playing without the 6-4 Rice, that makes life a little more difficult for Minnesota.

"We're running basically the same plays," Harvin said. "It's just sometimes when you have a 6-5 receiver you can just throw it up to him – whether he's covered or not – and he can make a play. From that standpoint, we won't be able to fix that or find another receiver to replace him. We just have to come up with different schemes to try and get people open."

Funny, 6-5 is exactly how tall Jackson is. Hmm.

Expect a decision from the Vikings front office to be made in the next few days. It’ll depend on money concerns and on character, and it’ll depend if team management thinks it can wait for Rice to return at mid-season before the offense (maybe) kicks into gear.

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Posted on: September 19, 2010 8:45 pm

Harvin to undergo MRI

P. Harvin couldn't hang onto this pass, and Miami's V. Davis picked up the INT (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A few injury updates on this Sunday night.

Vikings WR Percy Harvin will undergo an MRI after reinjuring his hip in the Vikings loss to the Dolphins.

"We knew coming into the game that it was going to get tight," Harvin told the media after the game, including espn1500.com. “Just sitting on the sidelines for a while, it kept tightening up, and it was hard to get loose. When it came to the fourth quarter I got adrenaline rushing a little bit, so I kind of forced my way back on the field a little bit. We'll evaluate it (Monday) and see what's going on."

Harvin didn’t practice much this past week because of the hip, but Minnesota made him active anyway. He finished with five catches for 32 yards, but he clearly wasn’t 100 percent and bobbled a pass at the goal line that Miami intercepted.

"It just grabs," Harvin said of the injury. "I can't really get to the top of my speed. It kind of grabs a little bit, and it's hard to stop and go. It's something I'll keep treating, and each week hopefully, it'll get better."

As for TE Jason Witten, who clearly was upset with the Dallas medical staff who wouldn’t let him back into the game, he suffered a concussion. So, obviously, there’s no telling when he’ll return.

Andwhile we’re at it, the Denver Post reports Broncos CB Champ Bailey left the locker room with crutches. His right ankle was lightly wrapped.

“It happens,” Bailey said. “I should be all right, though.”

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Posted on: September 19, 2010 11:42 am
Edited on: September 19, 2010 12:18 pm

NFC Inactives, Week 2

Posted by Will Brinson

For the AFC Inactives, check Josh's post here. Names of people who are ACTIVE include Kellen Winslow and Percy Harvin. So you don't have to scroll all the way down.

Kareem Huggins, RB, Buccaneers -- Huggins was expected to miss this game (or at least no one wasn't freaking out about the possibility of him missing) and his absence means the Bucs will lean heavily on Cadillac Williams in the running game against the Panthers.

Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals -- It's finally official: Wells will miss Sunday's game in Atlanta. Anyone who was expecting him to play was probably fooling themselves into an optimistic place that isn't safe to hang out in. Or something -- Tim Hightower will get all the carries for the Cardinals now.

Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers -- LaFell wasn't expected to start anyway, so this isn't a huge blow, although the Panthers would clearly rather have the rookie playing as he provides a nice compliment to Steve Smith.

Jeff Otah, OL, Panthers -- Just like last week, Otah's out and it means bad things for the Panthers running game. The good news is they get the Bucs this week.

Michael Jenkins, WR, Falcons -- A relatively big name, but everyone expected Jenkins to miss this week.

Kevin Kolb, QB, Eagles -- Also, not a surprise, but this means it's all Michael Vick, all game long against the Lions. THERE'S STILL NO CONTROVERSY THOUGH. WE SWEAR. (Poor Andy Reid, huh?)

Stewart Bradley, LB, Eagles -- Same deal as above, minus the fun of the quarterback controvery.

Kevin Smith, RB, Lions -- Smith is a "healthy scratch" which means that Jahvid Best will get all the carries against the Eagles.
Posted on: September 18, 2010 2:41 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 2:42 pm

Childress no comments possible V-Jax trade

Posted by Will Brinson

It's just kind of presumed that the Minnesota Vikings are interested in trading for Vincent Jackson, who, if dealt by Wednesday, would be eligible to play in their fifth game. (Also interested/rumored to be interested are the Seahawks, Redskins and Rams, for what it's worth.)

But just because it seems obvious that the Vikes would want Jackson on their squad to help make up for the injured Sidney Rice and the migrained Percy Harvin doesn't mean coach Brad Childress is going to admit it -- according to Jeremy Fowler of the Pioneer-Press , Chilly "deflected" questions about Jackson during his presser on Friday.

"He's really not a guy I'm able to speak about for the fact that he's their property," Childress said. "I wouldn't get into any speculation about anybody on anybody else's roster."

What's the old adage? Where there's a funny looking bald dude desperately trying to blow out the smoke there's generally fire?

Whatever, it seems pretty safe to say that if Childress is refusing to speculate on Minnesota's interest in Jackson (he wouldn't discuss whether or not they'd asked the Chargers for permission to discuss a trade) that there is in fact some interest there. Otherwise he'd just say "No."

The problem still remains, however, that if the Chargers don't want to trade him -- and that seems like a very real possibility; they could end up spitefully holding the Jackson and trying to land a third-rounder in compensation for him leaving -- it doesn't matter who wants him, because he won't go anywhere. And that's a very real possibility.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 12:04 pm

Hot Routes 9.18.10: Haley hates your fantasy team

Posted by Will Brinson

It's a morning (well, close to it in this case) collection of stuff for you to read. In this case, while you watch football. Send suggestions to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) and if you're nice we'll include them.
  • Todd Haley is totally aware of your fantasy football team. He's also totally aware that you spent much of Monday night (and will spend much of Sunday) screaming at him for playing Thomas Jones as much as Jamaal Charles (and at Jones for even existing). And you know what? He doesn't care .
  • Here's a nice little story about how the Browns are familiar with the Chiefs defense. But it's much, much more valuable reading for the quote from Eric Mangini about the time he lived in the same house with Romeo Crennel and they were both really, really fat .
  • Chad Ochocinco is on a Dwight Schrute "black Bears are best" type of Twitter rampage, hitting up some "facts." My favorite ? #fact I will smashed by Ray Lewis at some point in the game, i will jump as usual n continue to talk shh, why? I ain't got no sense #shrugs
  • BShrout of Mile High Report takes a gander at "Yards Per Point" and how it's relative to a team's long-term success. (As in, over the course of a season, if a defense forces teams to require more yards per point, their opponents won't score as many points. Or, if an offense requires lots of yards per point, they're unlikely to score as often. I think that's what happening -- either way, good stuff.
Posted on: September 17, 2010 9:02 pm

Harvin practice, says he's ready to go

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Percy Harvin returned to the Minnesota practice field Friday after missing the previous two days of workouts, and though the St. Paul Pioneer Press wrote that his actions were limited, Harvin has said he’d be ready to play Sunday vs. Miami.

Which must give Minnesota a huge sense of relief, though Harvin actually is listed as questionable on the official injury report.

Not that Harvin contributed much in the season opener against the Saints, because he didn’t, making only one reception. But with Sidney Rice out for at least the first six weeks of the season – and with WR Bernard Berrian all but invisible vs. New Orleans – the Vikings receiving corps needs all the help it can get.

Which really surprised me. I thought, even without Rice, Minnesota would be OK in the passing game. Last week, the Vikings were not.

For the record, the Dolphins only allowed 139 passing yards in their win last week against Buffalo.

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