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Harvin is questionable with migraines

Associated Press / January 23, 2010

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Minnesota’s Percy Harvin, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, is questionable for tomorrow’s NFC Championship game in New Orleans.

Harvin missed his second straight practice yesterday in Eden Prairie, Minn., because of migraine headaches, a problem he’s had most of his life and that cost him one game this season. He has been invaluable to the Vikings as a wide receiver, kickoff returner, and even occasionally as a runner out of the backfield.

Coach Brad Childress called the situation “less than ideal’’ and said Harvin’s ability to fly with the team today to New Orleans could be affected. Childress also noted Harvin has played before under the same conditions.

“I have no idea what’s going to happen,’’ quarterback Brett Favre said of his trusty third-down target. “We hope he plays, but we have to prepare as we’ve been doing, like Percy’s playing.’’

Better news for the Vikings was the return to practice of starting defensive linemen Ray Edwards and Kevin Williams. They’re each listed as questionable, with knee injuries that kept them out of practice the previous two days. Edwards wore a brace on his right knee.

“We’ll see how they bounce back [today],’’ Childress said. “That’s always the litmus test.’’

Shockey idle again
Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey missed practice with a sore right knee. Shockey also did not participate in team drills the previous two days and couldn’t make the final full workout in Metairie, La.

Shockey, an eight-year veteran, had three catches for 36 yards and a touchdown in last week’s victory over Arizona, but hurt the knee on his 17-yard TD reception.

Walking the planks
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe got in some unique practice Thursday for Saints returner Reggie Bush, working out at the Metrodome instead of the team’s indoor practice facility to take advantage of the high ceiling similar to the Superdome’s. Workers have been setting up the Metrodome for a monster truck show, so Kluwe had to punt around ramps and wear a fluorescent green vest to meet federal safety regulations. With the field covered in dirt, Kluwe kicked from a strip of old turf on top of wobbly wooden planks. The setup crew even caught a couple of punts . . . Prince, a longtime Vikings fan, said he wrote and recorded a tribute song, “Purple and Gold,’’ after watching the team beat Dallas last weekend. The hymn-like song from the Minnesota native includes the lyrics, “Raise every voice and let it be known/in the name of the purple and gold.’’ . . . The Vikings-Cowboys game last Sunday on Fox attracted 37.7 million viewers, the most-watched program on television since last February’s Super Bowl. The NFL drew an average of 33 million viewers for the divisional round, its best average in 16 years.

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