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Vikings receiver Percy Harvin, shown during training camp, sat out Wednesday's practice because of sore ribs. His availability for Saturday's preseason game at Seattle is in question.

Brian Peterson, Star Tribune

Harvin given a day to rest ribs

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD and JUDD ZULGAD
  • Star Tribune staff writers
  • August 17, 2011 - 11:51 PM

Wide receiver Percy Harvin missed practice Wednesday because of sore ribs and might miss Saturday's preseason game at Seattle as well.

Harvin, who has enjoyed relatively good health during training camp, was held out as a precaution, said Vikings coach Leslie Frazier.

"It was a little sore a couple days ago," said Frazier, who added that Harvin's problem was nothing more than a bruise. "We just felt it would be wise to hold him back, let him completely heal, as opposed to getting bumped or hit. We don't want any setbacks."

Harvin had indicated he'd be fine while leaving the field Tuesday. Frazier said if Harvin cannot practice Thursday, he would likely not play in Seattle. Harvin first left practice early on Aug. 8 in Mankato because he was winded and had sore ribs.

He was not the only receiver hurting Wednesday. Backup Greg Camarillo was held out of practice because of a sore groin muscle and could also miss Saturday's game.

Others who did not practice Wednesday included tight end Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring), linebackers Heath Farwell (hamstring) and Kenny Onatolu (foot), defensive end D'Aundre Reed (calf) and cornerback Simeon Castille (hamstring).

Linebacker Jonathan Gilmore, who left practice early Tuesday, said he was checked for an irregular heartbeat. He checked out OK and returned to workouts Wednesday.

Delivering a message

Former standout NFL cornerback Aeneas Williams, invited by Frazier, spoke to the team at some length after practice. Williams also conducted a life skills seminar with the rookies.

Frazier and Williams met years ago when Frazier did an internship with the Arizona Cardinals when Buddy Ryan was their head coach. Frazier worked with Williams and they became friends.

"As you know, he was a great player in our league, a future Hall of Famer," Frazier said. "He did a great job. It was good for our veterans to hear him, and they all have great respect for him."

Williams speaks all over the country and is also pastor of the Spirit of the Lord Family Church in St. Louis.

The rookie seminar would normally have been held during the offseason, Frazier said, but it was pushed into training camp by the labor dispute.

Sorry?

If Seattle General Manager John Schneider apologized to the Vikings for his comments on quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, Frazier doesn't know anything about it.

Schneider, talking to Yahoo! Sports earlier this month, criticized the way Jackson was handled in Minnesota, thoughts that Seattle coach Pete Carroll echoed. Schneider told ProFootballTalk.com Monday that he has privately apologized to the Vikings, including director of player personnel George Paton, vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman and vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski.

"I'm not familiar with that part of it," Frazier said.

Etc.

• Frazier said starting quarterback Donovan McNabb could play as much as a quarter and a half Saturday.

• Cornerback Cedric Griffin, returning from his second torn ACL in as many years, could play at least a series Saturday, according to Frazier. "That's what we're thinking right now," Frazier said. "See how he does tomorrow in practice, how he finishes, and if he finishes fine, we may try to get him a series."

• Cornerback Asher Allen took part only in individual drills Wednesday, getting a rest during team drills. That allowed Chris Cook to work at the left corner in the nickel, with Antoine Winfield moving inside. Marcus Sherels also got extra work with the second team in nickel with Allen watching.

• Anthony Herrera (ACL) again got work with the first team at right guard, with Scott Kooistra also getting reps. Left guard Steve Hutchinson was rested and replaced by Seth Olsen.

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