After leaving last weeks game against the Seahawks, Vikings all=purpose superstar Percy Harvin will not get a chance to repeat his epic performance against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Still suffering from an ankle injury, Harvin has been ruled out for Sunday’s matchup after being listed as doubtful all week long.
ESPN 1500AM in Minnepolis reports that a NFL source has declined to confirm Adam Schefter’s report that Harvin is indeed out, but given how hobbled Harvin was all week, Vikings insider Tom Pelissaro states that playing on Sunday was an uphill battle that the Vikings star was likely going to lose anyways.
Without Harvin the Vikings become a much weaker team, as Minnesota found themselves using Harvin at not only wide receiver but at running back as well as returning kicks. The last time the Vikings and Lions played, Harvin set the tone by returning the opening kick all the way for a touchdown on a day that saw the Lions allow two special teams scores. While the Vikings still have arguably one of the best backs in the game running the ball for them in Adrian Peterson, the ability to place Harvin anywhere in the offense and see it succeed will be missed against a Lions team clawing its way back into the playoff hunt.
The Vikings have dropped three straight games to the Redskins, Buccaneers and Seahawks after starting their season strong. Once leading the NFC North, the Vikings are slipping fast behind the Bears, Packers and soon the Lions. Not having Harvin on Sunday complicates things as the pressure is now on a struggling Christian Ponder to succeed against the odds.