Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.

Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.

Master Tesfatsion is the Star Tribune’s digital Vikings writer. He is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State and worked for before arriving in Minneapolis. Follow him at @masterstrib.

Teammate on Harvin's mystery December exit: 'We never got a clear answer on that'

Posted by: under Vikings, Adrian Peterson, Kevin Williams, Percy Harvin, Vikings draft Updated: March 11, 2013 - 7:36 PM

Well, all that Percy Harvin speculation came to a head in a big way Monday with the Vikings pulling the trigger on a trade and sending the dynamic 24-year-old receiver to Seattle in exchange for three draft picks: a first-rounder and a seventh-rounder this year and a third-rounder in 2014.

Still, even if General Manager Rick Spielman has a master plan to push the Vikings closer toward championship contention, a roster full of players is still awaiting a full explanation on why the Harvin trade was made.

League MVP Adrian Peterson took to Twitter to vent.

“The best all around player I ever seen or you'll ever see! Goes to Seattle! I feel like I just got kicked in the stomach. Several times!!!” Peterson wrote. “I wish my boy Percy nothing but success! God bless you homie.”

Veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams also took time out Monday to speak with the Star Tribune, sharing his candid thoughts on the deal.

On his initial reaction to the trade …

“I mean I wasn’t exactly celebrating when I heard about the deal. I wouldn’t say that I’m disappointed. But I mean, when you look at it on the surface, you say to yourself ‘Why in the world would we do this?’ It’s a situation where you never want to be going backwards or feel like you are. I guess we’ll see what we get in the draft or maybe even free agency. But that’s a crapshoot when you’re trying to make up for a guy as proven as Percy.”

On letting the news sink in …

“With losing a player like Percy, initially it’s always going to seem like a bad thing. But if we’re able to get somebody who’s really good in the draft, it can become a good thing. You wait and see. You have to. But that initial first look, makes you take a step back and go. ‘Man, why did we do this?’ At the same time, it’s a business and you have to understand that.”

On losing a top playmaker so late in his career …

“It’s tough. Because you look at our situation when we go 3-13 a couple years ago and 6-10 the year before that. Then we have such a good year last year and it seems like we’re in good shape. I still wish Percy could have finished the season. He could have helped us. But other things happened and we still ended up doing well when he was out. But he could have been another weapon down the stretch for us. And so you have to now look at a situation where you’re waiting to see what’s next. Like I say, it’s a crapshoot depending on what we get out of this draft. I’ll have to see what the compensation is that can help us try to make up for this.”

On the reaction amongst teammates when Harvin left the team after being placed on injured reserve in Week 14 …

“I wouldn’t say it bothered me. Because I don’t know what all what went on. And I couldn’t say for sure what the relationship was like between him and the coaching staff and management. We just don’t know what that situation was about. I don’t know what his reason was for taking off. I just know that he was gone. And that’s the way it was left. Nobody every just came out and explained it to us, like, ‘Hey, he left for A, B, C and D.’ So I don’t know what that relationship turned into. Was there something talked about? Was there a big problem? Or did he just leave? None of us really knew. I’m pretty sure it was addressed and we never got a clear answer on that. At all.”

On Harvin’s reputation as a hot-tempered problem child and whether that gets blown out of proportion …

“Percy, man, was cool as far as I was concerned. I always thought he was passionate about what he was doing. And sometimes, in relationships, that passion can create things that get out of hand at times. But to me, there’s nothing wrong with showing passion if you direct it the right way.”


Fla Southern 2 FINAL
Detroit 12
Miami 7
Toronto 6:00 PM
Golden State 6:30 PM
Phoenix 6:30 PM
LA Clippers 7:00 PM
New Orleans 7:30 PM
Nashville 0 1st Prd 19:26
NY Rangers 0
Carolina 7:30 PM
Montreal 9:00 PM
San Jose
Virginia 0 1st Half 15:59
Syracuse 2
Baylor 9 1st Half 14:26
Texas 6
Hampton 6:30 PM
Delaware State
Norfolk State 6:30 PM
Bethune-Cookman 6:30 PM
SE Louisiana 6:30 PM
Northwestern St
Central Arkansas 6:30 PM
Sam Houston St
Lamar 7:00 PM
McNeese State
Nicholls 7:00 PM
New Orleans
NC Central 7:00 PM
Savannah State
Incarnate Word 7:00 PM
Stephen F Austin
Texas Southern 7:30 PM
Alabama A&M
Prairie View 7:30 PM
Alabama State
Jackson State 7:30 PM
Ark-Pine Bluff
Oklahoma 8:00 PM
Iowa State
Grambling St 8:00 PM
Miss Valley St
Boston College 8:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Bethune-Cookman 54 2nd Half 5:53
NC A&T 50
Hampton 70 2nd Half 3:51
Delaware State 55
Norfolk State 56 2nd Half 6:00
Howard 47
NC Central 26 2nd Half
Savannah State 39
Texas Southern 37 1st Half 2:21
Alabama A&M 26
Prairie View 11 1st Half 4:45
Alabama State 20
Jackson State 5:30 PM
Ark-Pine Bluff
Grambling 12 1st Half 6:15
Miss Valley St 25
Tulsa 0 1st Half 17:18
Cincinnati 4
(1) Connecticut 12 1st Half 15:00
South Florida 10
UCF 8 1st Half 16:26
East Carolina 11
Central Conn St 6:00 PM
Wagner 2 1st Half 17:31
Robert Morris 7
Sacred Heart 9 1st Half 15:50
Fairleigh Dickinson 10
St Francis-NY 0 1st Half 20:00
Long Island 0
Mount St Marys 2 1st Half 17:59
St Francis-PA 10
Temple 7:00 PM
Texas Tech 7:00 PM
(6) Baylor
Iowa State 7:00 PM
SMU 7:00 PM
Oklahoma 7:00 PM
Oklahoma St
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters



Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9




question of the day

Poll: With Adrian Peterson's suspension overturned, what should the Vikings do?

Weekly Question