Vikings Are Praying Percy Harvin Can Go in Week 14 & More NFC North News

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 04: Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings returns a kick during a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 4, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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Percy Harvin may have a torn ligament in his ankle, but will be trying to practice on Wednesday according to Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN.

If there is a way to roll him out in a wheelchair against the Bears, they have to do it.

Listen, this is Adrian Peterson's show and they will have to lean on him because Christian Ponder is struggling during a period of the season where they cannot afford him struggling.

While a lot of that is Ponder's own fault, it doesn't help that most of his receivers are not all that good.

Harvin gives them a dimension to the passing game they lack in a guy who Ponder clearly trusts. Jarius Wright is a solid player, but it's obvious he doesn't quite trust him the way he does Harvin or Kyle Rudolph. He just doesn't look for him consistently enough.

Last week, the Vikings didn't complete a pass for 57 minutes against the Packers. That's not only ridiculous, it's embarrassing. 

It's clear the offense misses Harvin and it needs someone to carry the load not named Adrian Peterson. 

Hopefully the reports of the torn ligament isn't quite true because the Vikings need Harvin back soon. The season is in the balance and he could be the tipping point.

Now on to the rest of the NFC North.


Chicago Bears

Jon Greenberg of ESPN Chicago says if Brian Urlacher is done with football, it will be far too soon for the Bears.

The Tribune's Mike Mulligan also takes a look at Urlacher's injury and whether it might be the end for the Bears linebacker.

Head coach Lovie Smith says the team won't bring in another wide receiver with the injuries to the group, according to Sean Jensen of the Sun-Times.


Detroit Lions

Titus Young has been placed on season-ending Injured Reserve, according to Anwar Richardson of

NFLN will have a new A Football Life airing tonight, this time on Barry Sanders. Dave Birkett of the Free Press has an early look at the documentary.

Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News says the Lions' secondary is having a problem keeping cohesion this year.


Green Bay Packers

One of the Packers' strengths is their ability to remain cool under pressure according to the Journal-Sentinel's Tyler Dunne.

Mike Vandermause of the Press-Gazette talks about the injury to James Starks, who may be lost for the season.

Also at the Press-Gazette is a story about Packers legend Bart Starr collapsing during a speech on Tuesday.


Minnesota Vikings

Mark Craig of the Star-Tribune points out that the Bears have not played well in the Metrodome and it doesn't hurt the Vikings to have some key games there in the next few weeks.

In the vein of "someone help Adrian Peterson," Frank Tarkenton of the Pioneer Press says it's time for Christian Ponder to step up.

KJ Segall at The Daily Norseman says he's beginning to lose faith in head coach Leslie Frazier.


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