UPDATE: The Vikings have confirmed Harvin missed practice due to a family issue and not due to an injury. He is expected to play Sunday against the Seahawks.
It’s never a good sign when a player gets downgraded late on a Thursday, but this happens to be the case for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin.
WR Percy Harvin (hamstring) is not practicing for the Vikings today after being limited on Wed. TE John Carlson (concussion) also out.
— Judd Zulgad (@1500ESPNJudd) November 1, 2012
After practicing Wednesday, Harvin missed Thursday’s practice with what is thought to be a hamstring injury. it’s still early on ruling him out, but if he can’t go Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, quarterback Christian Ponder will be the one to suffer the most.
Vikings wide outs not named Harvin have combined for 43 receptions on the season for 546 yards and two TDs. This in comparison to the numbers for Harvin (60 rec, 667 yards and three TDs) makes you worry about the offensive game-plan against a Seahawks defense that ranks fifth in the league in total defense, giving up only 312.0 yards per game.
Sure Adrian Peterson will get the ball more, but after looking at the numbers Ponder has posted the last two weeks, missing Harvin on offense will virtually take the passing game away from the Vikings, making them a one-dimensional offense. No Harvin is also a huge downgrade to their return game, as Harvin averages 35.7 yards per kick return.
Ponder’s numbers the last 2 weeks:
Week 7 vs Cardinals: 8-17, 47.1 completion percentage, 58 yards, TD, 2 INT
Week 8 vs Buccaneers: 19-35, 54.3 completion percentage, 251 yards, TD, INT