|The Vikings' offense took a big hit Wednesday when WR Percy Harvin was placed on IR. (US Presswire)|
The Vikings announced on Wednesday that WR Percy Harvin has been placed on injured reserve, which will end his 2012 season. Harvin suffered a severely sprained ankle Nov. 4 against the Seahawks and has not played since. A report surfaced Tuesday that Harvin had suffered a Grade 3 sprain, which means there is a complete tear of the ligament. The move Wednesday appears to confirm that report.
The healing time for Grade 3 sprains is usually 4-6 weeks and Harvin tried to get back on the practice field last week. He ran pass routes but was visibly limping and did not make the trip to Green Bay.
Coach Leslie Frazier appeared uncomfortable when answering questions about Harvin's status at his Wednesday press conference, saying he couldn't get into details about the injury.
When asked if Harvin would play Sunday, Frazier said, “It's hard to say today, but I'll probably give you a better answer tomorrow when we talk.”
Harvin was placed on IR later Wednesday. The loss of Harvin, who led the league in receptions for much of the season before his injury, is a blow to the Vikings. The passing game has struggled since Harvin's injury.
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