Vikings place WR Percy Harvin on injured reserve

Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin hasn't played since Week 9 after suffering a sprained left ankle, which was later reported to be a full ligament tear by 1500ESPN.com's Tom Pelissero. On Wednesday, the Vikings officially ended Harvin's season.

It's a huge blow for a team in desperate need of a downfield threat. Running back Adrian Peterson is having one of the best years of years of his six-year career, but second-year quarterback Christian Ponder has struggled in recent weeks. It doesn't help that Ponder has lost one the team's most dynamic players.

In nine games this season, Harvin had 62 receptions for 677 yards and three touchdowns. He also averaged 35.9 yards per kickoff return, including a 105-yard touchdown. In his absence, the Vikings have had to rely on Jerome Simpson, Michael Jenkins and Devin Aromashodu, although tight end Kyle Rudolph has been Ponder's favorite target.

For some perspective on how important Harvin is to the passing game, despite not having played in a month, he leads still the Vikings in receptions, 17 more than Rudolph.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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