The Minnesota Vikings resumed practice Monday following their bye. Receiver Percy Harvin did not, raising significant doubt about whether he'll be available for the start of a critical three-game stretch against NFC North opponents.
Harvin's left ankle, originally sprained Nov. 4, is still "sore and pretty tender," coach Leslie Frazier told reporters Monday. Frazier said Harvin hasn't suffered a setback but "just hasn't made enough progress to put him out there yet."
It's possible that Harvin could be on the field Wednesday, but obviously he hasn't healed as fast as the Vikings hoped. Frazier originally suggested Harvin would return after the bye.
The Vikings are in NFC playoff contention with a 6-4 record, but the most difficult portion of their schedule is about to begin. Their next thee games will be at the Chicago Bears, at the Green Bay Packers and then at home against the Bears again.