Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress used the phrase “in flux” to describe his offense last week and after Saturday night’s preseason victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Part of the reason the Vikings offense has been in flux over recent weeks is because Percy Harvin’s status has been in flux as well.
Harvin has missed extended time over the last month or so due to a death in the family and his migraine condition. Migraines forced Harvin out of action last season and then the condition resurfaced a couple weeks ago. But last year’s AP Offensive Rookie of the Year was able to suit up on Saturday night against Seattle and haul in a pair of receptions for 30 yards, a positive indication for his near-term status.
“I was,” Childress responded when asked if he was encouraged by Harvin’s performance on Saturday night. “I would like to see him more active in the offense. There are some signs of rust, you can tell from some of those routes he ran. It’s just good to see his smiling face out there. He didn’t seem any worse for the wear. He took a couple pretty good licks.”
Harvin took one hit early in the game that caused his helmet to become dislodged and then he took another hit later in the game that caused him to pause for a moment before rising to his feet. But he seemed fine on standing on the sidelines once the 1st-offense was removed from the game and he also was in good spirits while speaking with reporters on the field following the game and with Childress in the locker room after the game.
“We’re feeling really confident,” Harvin said. “I know we said that a couple times, but I think this time we found what the main cause was. I’m not saying I’ll never get a headache again, but hopefully we can slow it down a little bit. … It’s not life-threatening, but it’s something we need to work on and I will.”
Harvin had more to say in a story posted on the Star Tribune’s website by Mark Craig.
Although Harvin’s battle with migraines have been a life-long ordeal and will likely remain that way during his NFL career, recent developments have produced positive signs for his near-term future. And that’s a good thing for the Vikings and, more importantly, Harvin.
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