Are Harvin and Rice pulling a Favre?

MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 17: Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on before playing against the Dallas Cowboys during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

According to NBC Sports.com (via the ultra-shady Profootballtalk.com), the Vikings have sent a five-day letter to Percy Harvin as a warning to rejoin the team or risk suspension and/or fines.

Harvin has been dealing with migraines over the last couple of days, but there’s speculation that he and fellow receiver Sidney Rice are avoiding training camp a la Brett Favre. (Players hate this time of year and Favre has been known to do whatever it takes to skip camp.)

As a fellow migraine sufferer, I know first-hand how bad they can get. When they come on, your vision can get blurry and it often feels as though someone is driving a metal spike through one of your eyes. People who suffer from them often have a high sensitivity to light and sound, so trying to sleep is about the only thing you can do when one attacks. They can also last for several days.

With that in mind, I don’t blame Harvin for not showing up to camp if he’s suffering from migraines. This isn’t the first time they’ve gotten in the way of him practicing, as he had to miss several days last year because of them, too. That said, if he’s using them as a way to get out of practice, then the Vikings are well within their rights to send him the letter and force him to show up. If nothing else, he could see the team’s doctors and maybe they could help him with his headaches.

This is story is worth following leading up to the regular season. If neither Harvin nor Rice shows up to camp soon, maybe there’s something to the rumors that they’re pulling a Favre and playing hooky. If that’s the case, then the Vikings could have a small problem on their hands.

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Favre finds latest excuse to skip training camp

Right on time, Brett Favre has figured out a way to skip training camp this year.

From ESPN.com:

Brett Favre has been informed he requires surgery on his left ankle to play the upcoming season for the Minnesota Vikings, and the quarterback is deliberating whether to have the procedure or simply to end his 19-year NFL career by retiring.

“We have spoken,” Favre said in an e-mail. “To play again, I would need the surgery, as I suspected. This decision would be easy if not for my teammates and the fans and the entire Vikings staff. One year truly felt like 10 — much like Green Bay for many years. That’s what I was missing in my heart I suppose, a sense of belonging.”

Favre said he must determine whether his affection for the Vikings and his belief they are capable of winning the Super Bowl overrides his disdain for surgery.

He’s not going to retire. He never actually retires, so let’s just put that debate to rest. He’ll have the surgery, but he’ll make sure that his recovery time puts him on the practice field right after two-a-days and not a moment sooner. He had a similar situation last year, when he had a partially torn biceps tendon in his throwing shoulder repaired. He played then, and he’ll play now – as long as it’s on his terms.

The Vikings haven’t stressed about their quarterback situation this entire offseason, meaning Favre is coming back. If for some reason he doesn’t, Tarvaris Jackson will be counted on to be the starter, but chances are Jackson will be picking splinters out of his ass again this season while riding the pine.


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