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Harvin won't have to attend symposium

Posted by: under Rookies, Vikings, NFC, Vikings off the field, Percy Harvin Updated: June 23, 2010 - 2:31 PM

Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin won't have to attend the upcoming NFL rookie symposium, even though he missed the majority of last year's event because he was dealing with an episode of migraine headaches.

The NFL Network reported last June that Harvin might need to go through the 2010 symposium because he was sent home shortly after he arrived in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and informed doctors he did not feel well. At the time, the NFL issued a statement that Harvin "was excused," but added that "players who are excused are expected to make up the material presented," and "that may involve attendance at the following year's symposium."

An NFL spokesman said Wednesday in an e-mail that the league will not requre Harvin to attend the symposium in Carlsbad, Calif., because "he received the appropriate training during the season at the club level through the Vikings' player development department."

The symposium, which will begin Sunday and run through next Wednesday, is important to the league because it helps to prepare rookies for what life in the NFL will be like.

Harvin, the 22nd-overall pick in the first round of last year's draft, had an oustanding rookie season on the field, finishing second on the Vikings with 60 receptions in the  regular season for 790 yards and six touchdowns. He was named the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Harvin also averaged 27.5 yards on 42 kickoff returns and had two touchdowns. He was named to the NFC Pro Bowl team as a kick returner but did not play in the game after dealing with migraines at different points in the season.

 

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