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Harvin’s Migraines Pop Up & Is Rice Ready?

November 11, 2010

The Minnesota Vikings offense is still searching for their swagger. Brett Favre and company found a spark in their come-from-behind victory against the Cardinals last Sunday, but they still look to regain their 2009 form. With Sidney Rice moving closer to a return, the team is hoping to finally have their starting receiving corps back together. However, as Rice moves closer to the field, fellow wideout Percy Harvin took a step back on Wednesday.

Already nursing a sprained ankle, Percy Harvin missed Wednesday’s practice because of recurring migraine headaches. Harvin has suffered from migraines for much of his life, but earlier this season doctors were confident the headaches would subside after a treatment plan was developed for Harvin’s sleep apnea. Harvin’s status for Sunday remains uncertain.

Meanwhile, as the Vikings prepare to travel to Chicago this weekend to face the Bears, they quietly hope for the return of wide receiver Sidney Rice to the active lineup. Although head coach Brad Childress was not willing to confirm that Rice was ready to go, Bears head coach Lovie Smith is preparing for Rice to be active.

“I assume when you are even cleared to go, and you practice full on [Wednesday], you’ll be playing,” Smith said. “We are definitely planning on him playing this week.”

The Vikings’ roster sits at 52 players, which leaves one open spot. That final roster spot opens up the possibility of Rice’s return, but the team still has two weeks remaining on a Rice’s roster exemption since coming off the PUP list. Although Rice has reportedly looked good in practice, the team has given no indication that they are willing to rush their young star back into the lineup until he is fully recovered.

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