On a day of tragedy in Kansas City, we pass along what seems to be a meaningless nugget of news in comparison.
The Minnesota Vikings have downgraded receiver Percy Harvin from doubtful to out of Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. According to the Vikings' Twitter feed, Harvin won't make the short trip to Green Bay because of a sprained ankle he suffered almost a month ago (Nov. 4).
Based on the way Harvin was moving in practice this week, there wasn't much doubt about whether he would play against the Packers. I realize some of you are growing suspicious about an ankle sprain that has now sidelined Harvin for three games (and counting). I've got nothing for you on that. When I was at practice on Thursday, Harvin was laboring to move faster than a walk. And for those of you who would like to see Harvin play at 50 or 60 percent in a crucial game, I'm not sure there is much of anything he can do to help the team at this point.
The real question is whether Harvin can play in the Dec. 9 game against the Chicago Bears. At this point, it's hard to know if that is even a possibility.