Frazier unsure about Harvin returning kicks

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 9, 2011 - 1:18 AM

Is it worth risking the talented receiver on returns?


Vikings receiver Percy Harvin

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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.


• 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.


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