We're Black and Blue All Over:
I wouldn't say he cleared much up, but it's worth pointing out that Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin sent out a pair of tweets Wednesday night, a few hours after bolting the team's mandatory minicamp. Here is what Harvin said:
"Fans I said I have issues to be worked out money not at all being the problem...I've dne everything asked and more... Me and cch have been speaking and are on same page...theres nothin I can do"
I'm not 100 percent sure who Harvin was referring to by "cch," but the most likely possibility is coach Leslie Frazier, who said this week he has spoken with Harvin about his purported unhappiness.
It's interesting, but not entirely convincing, that Harvin said money is "not at all" the problem. We've suggested that his issues run deeper than simply his rookie contract, but I would be interested to know what grievance could run so deep that it alone could trigger a training camp holdout, as he suggested might happen. Would he hold out of camp because he was unconvinced the Vikings will follow up on their plan to give him more playing time? That's a leap, but Harvin isn't your ordinary player, either.
Let's continue around the NFC North:
The Vikings' new front office structure has left them better equipped to handle the Harvin situation, writes Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com.
It had been too quiet at the Vikings' practice facility before the Harvin drama began, muses Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he is running "wide open" in his knee rehabilitation, notes Dean Berhow-Goll of 1500ESPN.com.
In case you missed it, former New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Earl Heyman corroborated the account given by Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove in an interview with Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com.
Here's the Q&A, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette, where former Packers general manager Ron Wolf referred to Brett Favre as the greatest Packers player of all time.
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew believes the team will win the Super Bowl through continuity. Anwar S. Richardson of Mlive.com explains.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reviews some of the tough roster moves the Lions will face this summer.
Former Chicago Bears director of college scouting Greg Gabriel was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles, notes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.