Percy Harvin, using crutches to get around the Winter Park locker room Monday after suffering a sprained left ankle in Sunday’s loss at Seattle, would not rule himself out for the Lions game but acknowledged it’s a “long shot” he will play, Judd Zulgad of 1500 ESPN reports.
Harvin admitted to being in “a lot of pain” and said the sprain was in three places. An MRI showed that Harvin had not fractured the ankle.
Harvin, who leads the Vikings with 62 receptions for 677 yards and has caught three touchdowns, was injured when a Seahawks defender rolled up on it on a run play in the third quarter of Sunday’s 30-20 loss. He returned in the fourth quarter after getting the ankle retaped but clearly was hampered by the injury.
The Vikings will have a bye week after playing Detroit and Harvin was asked if it would make sense to take advantage of a potential two-week break.
“Does it make sense?” to sit out Sunday, Harvin said. “To me, no. But if that’s what has to happen, then that’s what has to happen. I’m shooting to try to play and get everything I can. If I can’t, then I’ll have to rest it. But I’m not ruling myself out.”
Coach Leslie Frazier said earlier Monday that Harvin was day-to-day. Harvin will be getting around-the-clock treatment. He said he sprained his ankle while playing college football in Florida but has had no ankle issues since the Vikings drafted him in the first round in 2009.
“There’s a lot of swelling right now,” Harvin said. “My whole ankle, all the way around, is swollen. So we’ve got a lot of work to do.”