Percy Harvin led the NFL in receptions and was an early front-runner for NFL MVP until he suffered a torn ligament in his left ankle on Nov. 4 at Seattle.
The Vikings receiver hasn't been at Winter Park since being placed on injured reserve Dec. 5. The Vikings have gone 5-2 without Harvin, who chose to stay in Florida while rehabilitating.
Coach Leslie Frazier said Harvin, 24, is not required to be at Winter Park or on the sideline for games.
"It's purely up to him," Frazier said. "If he wanted to be around, he could be around. I know he wants our team to do well, and that's important.
"I know he's supportive of his teammates. As any of the guys who are on IR that don't travel with us or don't participate in what we're doing, it's nothing that upsets their teammates or gets them concerned."
Frazier said the Vikings are monitoring Harvin's rehab. Harvin, who has five career kickoff returns for touchdown, has one season left on his rookie contract.Put me in, coach
Adrian Peterson has lobbied to play on special teams, and not only to return kickoffs.
"He always asks," special teams coach Mike Priefer insisted. "He's a football player. Gunner, field goal block, returner. The guy is awesome. I always say yes. And then I ask the head coach and he says no."
Peterson confirmed his desire to get on the field more with a role outside of the offense.
"Yeah, for the past two years I have been trying to get in on field goal block," he said. "Come in off the edge. You know. It's just going to take one block for them to really be [like], 'OK, you know what, let's take the chance and let you go out there and get it done.' "Injury update
Quarterback Christian Ponder had his reps limited in practice Wednesday because of a bruise on his throwing elbow.
"It doesn't seem like it should be something that would hinder him [Saturday]," Frazier said. "But we need to ramp it up a little bit tomorrow to see where he is."
Ponder suffered the bruise when he was hit on the play during which the ball blooped into the air and somehow avoided two Packers to land in the hands of receiver Jarius Wright for a 17-yard gain during Sunday's 37-34 victory.
Frazier voiced confidence that cornerback Antoine Winfield will be able to play despite a fractured right hand.
Winfield and Peterson (abdomen) sat out practice. Safety Harrison Smith (shoulder) and defensive end Brian Robison (shoulder) were limited in practice but should be fine for Saturday, Frazier said.
Special teams standout Tyrone McKenzie (shoulder) didn't practice again and probably won't play.Emerging leader
The latest glowing endorsement for Ponder came via defensive end Jared Allen. The Pro Bowl regular openly praised Ponder's energy and self-belief during the team's four-game winning streak to close the regular season. Most of all, Allen said, he's seen Ponder grow more assertive, leading animated pregame team huddles to energize the Vikings.
Said Allen: "Hearing your quarterback's voice and knowing that he's excited, when he's pumped up, it gives you the confidence that 'OK, the head of our offense, he's ready to go.' "Etc.
Larry Bowie, a guard who played for the Vikings for eight seasons in the 1960s, died Monday at age 73. Bowie's career with the Vikings ended in 1968 when he had a blood clot removed from his brain during the season. He lived in Mahtomedi.
Rookie kicker Blair Walsh, who had three field goals, including the game-winner Sunday, was named NFC special teams player of the week for the third time this season.
|NY Mets||4||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Boston||4||Top 3rd Inning|
|Toronto||0||Top 3rd Inning|
|Oklahoma City||7:00 PM|
|Calgary||1||2nd Prd 17:30|
|St. Louis||1||2nd Prd 17:48|
|Toronto||0||1st Prd 6:31|
|Dallas||2||1st Prd 6:51|
|NY Islanders||7:00 PM|
|Holy Cross||27||2nd Half|
|Western Ky||41||2nd Half 18:03|
|Temple||36||1st Half 1:29|
|UAB||33||2nd Half 17:24|
|Boston Univ||34||2nd Half|
|American Univ||23||2nd Half|
|Wisconsin||48||2nd Half 16:27|
|Morehead State||43||2nd Half 18:07|
|USC Upstate||27||2nd Half|
|Fla Gulf Coast||25|
|Southern Ill||25||2nd Half|
|Texas State||17||1st Half 7:13|
|SC State||6:30 PM|
|Delaware State||6||1st Half 13:29|
|Middle Tennessee||14||1st Half 3:58|
|Texas-Arlington||30||1st Half 6:58|
|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|
|Georgia||60||2nd Half 2:52|
|Ark-Little Rock||60||2nd Half 4:10|
|Sam Houston St||49||2nd Half 7:32|
|SE Louisiana||58||2nd Half 7:28|
|Northwestern St||32||2nd Half 12:22|
|Stephen F Austin||30|
|Alabama A&M||39||2nd Half 10:00|
|Alabama State||43||2nd Half 10:00|
|Southern U||57||2nd Half 11:45|
|Alcorn State||41||2nd Half 8:30|
|Miss Valley St||0|
|Wofford||50||2nd Half 3:46|
|Abilene Christian||34||2nd Half|
|La Salle||29||2nd Half|
|TX-San Antonio||28||2nd Half|
|Valparaiso||27||2nd Half 17:36|
|Missouri State||26||2nd Half|
|Georgia Tech||7:00 PM|
|(15) North Carolina|
|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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