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Thursday, December 6, 2012
BBAO: 'Another reminder' on Percy Harvin

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Well then. Wednesday evening got interesting pretty quickly. We weren't expecting Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin to be ready for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears, but no one thought he was headed for injured reserve because of a sprained ankle, either.

Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com is among those who think there was more than a sprained ankle going on behind the scenes here. Zulgad termed the episode "another reminder of why the Vikings might be willing to sever ties with Harvin if he doesn't accept a contract on their terms."

Yes, Harvin has one year remaining on his contract and almost certainly is seeking an extension. The Vikings' hesitation could be simple business, but it could also reflect their concerns about his mercurial and eccentric personality.

Ultimately, Harvin proved himself a highly valuable asset this season on the field. You would think his performance would trump all. We'll see if the Vikings offer any context Thursday.

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