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Will Brett Favre, Percy Harvin & Steve Hutchinson Play on Sunday?

December 10, 2010

Usually the “will he or won’t he” drama that surrounds Brett Favre is reserved for the offseason. However, after a season of bumps and bruises, Favrewatch seems to have become a yearlong extravaganza.

Favre’s injured throwing shoulder has prevented him from attempting any passes this week. The Vikings planned to test the 20-year veteran’s arm on Thursday, but ultimately decided against it.

“He tested some things in the walk-through and just didn’t feel comfortable in going much farther [Thursday] afternoon,” Interim head coach Leslie Frazier said. “We said, ‘Hey, we’ll wait until tomorrow. Get another day’s rest and take a look at it tomorrow hopefully.’ … Friday’s not the end of the world, if he can do some things that would be great.”

While the team handles Favre with a wait-and-see approach, wide receiver Percy Harvin remains away from the team. After migraine headaches flared up again last week, Harvin missed last Sunday’s game. And after missing all of practice this week, he is in danger of missing his second straight contest. Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that “Percy Harvin has not been at Winter Park the last two days and is seeing doctors for his migraines.”

On Wednesday, Frazier was optimistic about Harvin playing on Sunday, but admitted he did not expect the receiver to miss last week either.

“He should be fine and should be able to play on Sunday,” said Frazier.

On Thursday, Frazier did not get into specifics regarding Harvin’s availability for Sunday and was equally vague when asked if Harvin will see another specialist for the headaches.

“We’re considering some things, so we’ll see,” Frazier said. “We’ll see what happens.”

Steve Hutchinson returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday. With his broken right thumb heavily bandaged, Hutchinson said he would not have been effective last Sunday.

“Swelling was an issue,” Hutchinson said. “Just determined I didn’t think I would be very useful out there. … We thought maybe it would start to feel better possibly by Sunday, but that wasn’t the case.”

Hutchinson is about as tough as they come, so he’ll most likely try to play on Sunday. And after seeing his replacement — rookie lineman Chris DeGeare — get pushed around in his first NFL start, the Vikings are hoping that Hutchinson can return quickly.

The Vikings handily defeated the Buffalo Bills without the aforementioned trio, but the New York Giants present a much tougher test this Sunday.

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