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Sunday, December 13, 2009
Vikings' Harvin unlikely to play

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Barring a last-minute change of plans, Minnesota receiver Percy Harvin will miss Sunday’s game against Cincinnati. ESPN’s Adam Schefter and correspondents with NFL Network, among other news outlets, are reporting the news.

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Harvin has been dealing with migraine headaches and didn’t practice all week, Needless to say, it would be a significant loss for the Vikings. Among many other roles, Harvin has been quarterback Brett Favre’s favorite target on third down. Through 12 games, Favre has targeted Harvin on 35 third-down passes -- fourth-most in the NFL.

Veteran backup Greg Lewis is the likeliest player to serve in Harvin’s role as the third-down/slot receiver. Punt returner Darius Reynaud would also be in line for more playing time and could fill in for Harvin on kickoff returns as well.

We’ll know Harvin’s status for sure at about 11:30 a.m. ET. The same goes for Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield, who told ESPN's Rachel Nichols this morning that he's ready to return after missing six games with a foot sprain.