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Vikings Notes: Harvin, Garcia, and Favre

August 16, 2010

According to Len Pasquarelli of CBSSports.com, Percy Harvin is expected to rejoin the Minnesota Vikings “as early as tonight.” Harvin is reportedly feeling better after missing most of training camp and the Vikings first preseason game against the St. Louis Rams. And as I type these words, Pro Football talk is hearing rumors that the second-year receiver out of Florida is already back with the team.

The Vikings recently sent Percy Harvin a “five-day letter” but it was believed to be more of a formality than a warning. Certainly, the team is ready to welcome back one of its most versatile offensive playmakers. The Vikings were without a number of their offensive weapons during Saturday night’s 28-7 victory. In addition to Harvin, the Vikings offense piled on 28 points without WR Sidney Rice, TE Visanthe Shiancoe, C John Sullivan, and QB Brett Favre.

In other news, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports the Vikings were previously in contact with quarterback Jeff Garcia. The Vikings asked Garcia if he would be “ready to go” had Favre decided to retire. However, Garcia has verbally committed to play for the United Football League’s Omaha Nighthawks. The UFL’s season concludes on Friday, November 26 leaving players eligible to join an NFL club for the remaining weeks of the NFL season.

Speaking of Favre, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com says it’s time to “take it up a notch” with the annual Favrewatch. The Vikings resume practice at Winter Park in Eden Prairie today, and it was around this same time last year that Favre joined the Vikings. However, Seifert points out that should Favre decide to come back he will have less time to prepare for the regular season due to an early start for the Vikings. The team opens up the 2010 NFL schedule on the road Thursday, September 9, against the defending champion New Orleans Saints.

One last note on Favre: If people are so detailed with their reporting as to follow the man’s airplane flights, shouldn’t we have word on what Dr. James Andrews told Favre regarding his ankle? Read into it what you will, but the Favre camp is usually sieve-like when it comes to leaking information.

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