RENTON, Wash. -- Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen knows he has one more thing to worry about if his former teammate Percy Harvin makes his debut for the Seahawks on Sunday, so Allen has a message for Harvin.
“Our odds maybe go up a little bit if he doesn’t play,” Allen said. “So tell him [not] to get healthy.”
Allen was joking, of course. In truth, he wants to see his old teammate back on the field.
“It’ll be fun,” Allen said Wednesday on a conference call with Seahawks’ reporters. “Percy is a heck of a player. He’s so dynamic in the things he can do. But for us, it’s not really about one player. We have to go out there and prepare to win a game.”
Harvin returning would add to that preparation.
“Obviously, Percy is a phenomenal player,” Allen said. “The dude is so versatile. He’s tough and shifty. He’s one of those guys if the ball’s in his hands he makes plays. We wish him all the success; at least I do, just not against us.”
Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier didn’t always see eye to eye with Harvin, but he also had only good things to say about him Wednesday.
“He’s such an explosive player,” Frazier said. “He has the ability to play multiple positions. You can line him up wide, in the slot or in the backfield. He was just as effective there for us as he was as a receiver.
“He gave us so much flexibility on offense. He was a threat to score every time he touched the ball. He provided a lot of positives for us.”
Frazier said Harvin is a rare player that you can’t describe in traditional terms.
“It’s hard to put you hand on it,” Frazier said. “He’s not the biggest guy, but he’s so good at what he does after he catches the ball. He plays so hard and he’s very determined. He really believes he can score every time he touches the ball.”
Frazier was asked if the Vikings have an advantage by knowing Harvin’s tendencies.
"We have no idea what [the Seahawks] are going to do with him,” Frazier said, “so it’s a little overblown in that respect.”