The Minnesota Vikings are still hoping that star wide receiver Percy Harvin will be able to play on Sunday against the Chicago Bears despite an ankle that is sprained in three places, so they have listed him as doubtful instead of ruling him out. Ed Werder is one of a couple of insiders tweeting that Harvin will not play against the Bears. Werder noted that Leslie Frazier would like him to practice first and that Harvin is still limping.
Harvin did not practice today, with Frazier saying “Percy gave it a try”. The Vikes will sorely miss their top wideout against a very good Bears secondary, and Christian Ponder will have try and get a good connection going with rookie Jairus Wright in the slot.
Wright will replace Harvin’s big-play ability in the slot, and the former Arkansas standout certainly impressed in their last game (Week 10, bye week in Week 11) with three catches for 65 yards and a TD in his NFL regular season debut. Wright is the closest thing to replicating Harvin, so the Vikings are certainly lucky to have him.
I think he’s played himself into a starting role regardless, because he has to be better than veteran wideout Michael Jenkins at this point. Jenkins is nicked up and isn’t effective to begin with, but he will have to start due to Harvin’s injury.
The Indianapolis Colts cornerback situation is still dire, and Vontae Davis is still listed doubtful on the team’s injury report. He missed last week’s game against the New England Patriots, and the Colts ended up giving up 59 points to the Pats. Davis has struggled this season when healthy, but he has been the only corner on the Colts who has made plays. The Colts already have to deal with the loss of Jerraud Powers for the season and are currently starting the underwhelming duo of Darius Butler and Cassius Vaughn.
Davis did not practice today and continues to be hindered by knee issues. Indy will be starting former St. Louis Rams corner Josh Gordy in the nickel against the Buffalo Bills, and things are just getting worse for the Colts defense.
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