Is it worth risking the talented receiver on returns?
The vote appears to be 2-1 in favor of Percy Harvin returning kickoffs. But this isn't a democracy, so it's important to know the one dissenter is Vikings coach Leslie Frazier.
Pro-Harvin: Harvin and special teams coach Mike Priefer. At issue? Is it worth risking the talented receiver on returns?
"I'm lobbying hard," said Harvin, who will be on the field for most offensive plays at receiver. "Special teams coach came up and asked me and I told him, 'Definitely.' Him and coach are going back and forth. Nothing bad. We've been having a little laugh with it. We'll see game time."
Priefer said he would use Harvin "if the situation's right. ... That would be my first choice. Obviously, coach will be making that final decision. But [Harvin] would be No. 1 on the depth chart if he's rested."
Lorenzo Booker was expected to be the kick returner Sunday at San Diego, but he has a sore back. And Harvin dismissed the notion that returning kicks is too risky.
"It's a contact sport," he said. "No matter what you're doing, blocking, anything, there's going to be contact. So I don't look at it like that. I go 100 miles an hour and it is what it is."
As for being too worn down from playing offense?
"That's just [Frazier] kind of overthinking," Harvin said. "We have talked about that, saying when can I rest. I'll be ready to go."
Said Frazier: "We've still got to discuss that. He's one of the best kickoff returners in the league, if not the best. But he's also the best slot receiver and one of the top wide receivers in the National Football League. We've got to [figure out] what's best."McNabb OK
Quarterback Donovan McNabb sustained a bruised right wrist in the preseason game against Dallas but has not been limited in any way.
"He's fine," Frazier said. "It's just precautionary, we have to list him because he did ding it a little bit."
Right tackle Phil Loadholt and defensive tackle LeTroy Guion missed the start of practice with family emergencies. Guion, slated to start for the suspended Kevin Williams, got his resolved in time for part of practice. Loadholt is expected back Friday.
Other than those two, there were no changes on the injury report. Asher Allen (foot) was still limited. Chris Cook, (hamstring), McNabb (right wrist) and Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring) took part.Etc.
• Joe Webb sounded excited when asked about the different ways offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave might use him, either in some form of wildcat formation or perhaps at receiver.
"It's kind of fun to see what he has in store for me," said the second-year quarterback. "Right now I think he's doing a great job utilizing his weapons, putting playmakers on the field."
The new rule that allows a team to have all three QBs active on a game could help get Webb some action.
• Adrian Peterson on the Vikings being picked by many to finish fourth in the NFC North: "Only thing that matters is when you go out on Sunday or Monday or Thursday or whenever you play and take care of business."
• New linebacker Xavier Adibi will work at middle linebacker for the time being, but eventually could also work at the weakside position.
• Williams is staying in the Twin Cities during his suspension but isn't allowed to have contact with the team.
|NY Mets||4||Top 7th Inning|
|Boston||0||Top 2nd Inning|
|Toronto||0||Top 2nd Inning|
|Oklahoma City||7:00 PM|
|Calgary||0||1st Prd 7:21|
|St. Louis||1||1st Prd 6:05|
|Minnesota||0||1st Prd 9:08|
|NY Islanders||7:00 PM|
|Holy Cross||13||1st Half 9:47|
|Western Ky||23||1st Half 7:13|
|Navy||12||1st Half 10:36|
|Temple||3||1st Half 17:32|
|UAB||21||1st Half 9:08|
|Boston Univ||14||1st Half 11:14|
|American Univ||12||1st Half 8:50|
|Wisconsin||36||1st Half 6:09|
|Fairfield||5||1st Half 10:47|
|Arkansas||35||1st Half 7:29|
|Morehead State||29||1st Half 5:57|
|USC Upstate||17||1st Half 8:42|
|Fla Gulf Coast||14|
|Lipscomb||15||1st Half 8:21|
|Southern Ill||12||1st Half 10:50|
|Texas State||6:30 PM|
|SC State||6:30 PM|
|Delaware State||6:30 PM|
|Middle Tennessee||6:30 PM|
|Norfolk State||6:30 PM|
|NC A&T||6:30 PM|
|Savannah State||7:00 PM|
|Southern Miss||7:00 PM|
|Georgia State||7:00 PM|
|Ark-Little Rock||7:15 PM|
|South Alabama||7:30 PM|
|Alabama State||7:30 PM|
|Alabama A&M||7:30 PM|
|Sam Houston St||7:30 PM|
|Central Arkansas||7:30 PM|
|Portland State||7:30 PM|
|Southern U||7:30 PM|
|Alcorn State||7:30 PM|
|Houston Baptist||7:30 PM|
|SE Louisiana||7:45 PM|
|Eastern Ill||8:00 PM|
|VA Commonwealth||8:00 PM|
|Miss Valley St||0|
|Sacramento St||8:00 PM|
|Northwestern St||8:00 PM|
|Stephen F Austin|
|North Texas||8:00 PM|
|Abilene Christian||8:00 PM|
|Eastern Wash||8:05 PM|
|Cal State Fullerton||9:00 PM|
|Long Beach State|
|UC Riverside||9:00 PM|
|(18) Texas A&M||57|
|East Tenn St||73|
|Savannah State||49||2nd Half 17:00|
|Virginia Tech||27||2nd Half 15:54|
|Central Arkansas||37||2nd Half 6:25|
|Houston Baptist||41||2nd Half 11:31|
|Gardner-Webb||47||2nd Half 9:28|
|Georgia||38||2nd Half 15:31|
|Old Dominion||48||2nd Half 10:40|
|Ark-Little Rock||46||2nd Half 14:47|
|South Alabama||47||2nd Half 11:37|
|Georgia State||41||2nd Half 13:45|
|Sam Houston St||29||2nd Half|
|SE Louisiana||36||2nd Half|
|Northwestern St||22||2nd Half|
|Stephen F Austin||18|
|Alabama A&M||31||2nd Half|
|Alabama State||21||1st Half 3:54|
|Southern U||34||2nd Half|
|Alcorn State||24||2nd Half|
|Miss Valley St||0|
|Wofford||22||2nd Half 18:17|
|Abilene Christian||20||1st Half 7:37|
|La Salle||17||1st Half 9:37|
|Illinois||15||1st Half 11:43|
|TX-San Antonio||10||1st Half 9:31|
|Valparaiso||19||1st Half 7:40|
|Missouri State||13||1st Half 11:00|
|Georgia Tech||7:00 PM|
|(15) North Carolina|
|Florida Atlantic||7:00 PM|
|Texas-El Paso||7:00 PM|
|Wichita State||7:00 PM|
|San Francisco||8:00 PM|
|Idaho State||8:00 PM|
|Weber State||8:00 PM|
|Cal State Fullerton|
|Long Beach St||9:00 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara|
|UC Davis||9:00 PM|
|Northern Ariz||9:00 PM|
|Southern Utah||9:00 PM|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm||X||10-6|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm||X||30-28|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm||X||30-12|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm||X||19-3|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon||X||34-6|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon||X||30-7|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon||X||20-9|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm||X||41-28|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm||X||42-10|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||17-3|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon||X||17-16|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon||X||19-13 ot|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon||X||29-26|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon||X||21-13|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon||X||24-21|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||31-13|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon||X||30-24 ot|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||3:25 pm||X||16-14|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon||X||37-35|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||13-9|
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