Leslie Frazier confirmed on Tuesday that Percy Harvin recently returned for his exit physical but acknowledged the talented-but-volatile receiver’s future remains up in the air, Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN reports.
“We definitely had to talk just in general about a lot of things,” Frazier said in an interview with 1500 ESPN’s “Judd & Dubay” show. “We had a good conversation. We talked, and it was good conversation. So, hopefully, everything will work out.”
Harvin suffered a significant left ankle injury in a Nov. 4 loss at Seattle and was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 5. He left the Twin Cities shortly thereafter to rehab near his home in Florida and didn’t return during the Vikings’ run to earn an NFC wild card.
That contributed to speculation several high-profile incidents — including a brief trade demand during the team’s June minicamp and at least two heated confrontations with Frazier during the season — would lead the Vikings to trade him in the offseason.
General manager Rick Spielman downplayed those issues in a session with reporters last month, but both sides have decisions to make on a possible contract extension. The plan always has been to redo the final year of Harvin’s rookie deal, which is scheduled to pay him $2,927,500 in 2013.
Asked if taking some time away was good for Harvin, Frazier said, “I would think so. I think the fact that he was able to get healthy — that’s the main thing, that he’s healthy now. That puts him in a good frame of mind, and we’ll see where it goes from there.”
Harvin, 24, didn’t need surgery on the ankle but did undergo an emergency appendectomy on Dec. 15. He hasn’t spoken with reporters, other than to release a statement on the day he was placed on IR saying the ankle “has just not allowed me to progress to the point where I can help our team.”
The exit physical “went well. He’s fine,” Frazier said. “He’s cleared. So, all that was good. All the medicals were good.”