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Harvin taken to hospital

Vikings receiver leaves practice with migraine

Collapsed on field
Associated Press / August 20, 2010

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Percy Harvin experienced the scariest episode yet in a career plagued by migraine headaches when he collapsed at Vikings practice yesterday and was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

Coach Brad Childress left team headquarters in Eden Prairie, Minn., after practice and spent the rest of the afternoon at the hospital with Harvin, who also got visits from other coaches and teammates.

“Percy appreciates everyone’s concern,’’ the coach said in a statement posted on the team website. “He is alert and resting comfortably, but will remain in the hospital overnight.’’

Harvin, who has dealt with migraines most of his life, returned to the field Monday after missing more than two weeks, but at the beginning of yesterday’s workout the wide receiver experienced another episode that was scary enough for the Vikings to halt practice while their teammate received medical attention.

Childress said that Harvin’s episode was triggered when he looked up into a mostly cloudy sky to field a punt during a special teams drill. Harvin went inside to see team physician Dr. Sheldon Burns, then came back out to the field.

Soon after, Harvin was seen doubled over and trembling. Players and coaches stood in front of him to shield him while reporters watched from a distance as Harvin received medical attention.

“I don’t know how they classify it,’’ Childress said after practice. “Not really a seizure, but he had some trouble over here. I’d be remiss if I tried to qualify it one way or another. It seemed like he was stable.’’

The Vikings continued with practice for about five minutes while Harvin was being worked on, then drills were stopped. After Harvin was loaded into the ambulance, the team gathered on the field and took a knee in prayer. Players resumed their work for a few more minutes before calling practice over at least an hour early.

Childress said that Harvin has had to go to the hospital for a migraine before, as a college star at the University of Florida.

“I’ve seen him with one before. I’ve gotten him off the field with one before. I’ve seen the start of one coming on before, but certainly nothing to that magnitude,’’ Childress said.

Bills sharp in Toronto
Rookie C.J. Spiller picked up a depleted Bills backfield by running for 54 yards on 10 carries, and Buffalo’s first-team offense produced two scoring drives in a 34-21 exhibition win over the Colts in Toronto.

Peyton Manning didn’t disappoint, either, leading two scoring drives for Indianapolis, though he did have an interception returned 78 yards for a touchdown by Terrence McGee.

Roethlisberger will play
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will play tomorrow night against the Giants at the New Meadowlands Stadium, but didn’t say whether he will start. Roethlisberger, who is suspended for up to six games in the regular season, has worked with the starting offense most of this week at training camp, an indication he will open the game. Byron Leftwich started in Pittsburgh’s preseason opener, and Roethlisberger didn’t play . . . Eli Manning isn’t the only Giants quarterback who won’t play against Pittsburgh. Scratch backup Jim Sorgi, too. Sorgi has a torn capsule in his right shoulder that will sideline him 2-3 weeks. With Manning (12 stitches in his forehead) and Sorgi sidelined, Rhett Bomar is going to start and possibly play the entire game. The Giants signed former Holy Cross quarterback Dominic Randolph, who attended the team’s minicamp.

McDaniels likes Tebow’s style
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels wouldn’t say whether rookie Tim Tebow will make his home debut tomorrow against the Lions after the quarterback missed two practices this week with bruised ribs. But McDaniels did say Tebow’s aggressive style is what gives him a chance to succeed in the NFL and he won’t try to coach that out of him. “That’s part of his style and that’s part of what made him great in college and it’s probably what will make him a good player — if that’s what he becomes in this league,’’ McDaniels said . . . The Broncos signed veteran quarterback Kyle Orton to a contract extension. ESPN reported it was for one year, through 2011, and worth $9 million with $5.5 million guaranteed . . . The Raiders placed backup quarterback Charlie Frye on injured reserve after he underwent wrist surgery earlier this week.

Cushing suspension upheld
Texans linebacker Brian Cushing had a four-game suspension for taking a performance-enhancing drug upheld by the NFL after his appeal. Cushing, the 2009 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year, was suspended in May . . . Jets coach Rex Ryan smoothed things over with Tony Dungy after the former NFL coach criticized Ryan for using too much profanity on HBO’s “Hard Knocks’’ series. One day after saying Dungy, a devout Christian, unfairly judged him, Ryan said, “We talked man-to-man. He told me his position and I definitely told him my position. So, it was good.’’

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