The club tweeted the discouraging news:
WR Percy Harvin (ankle) has been placed on the Reserve/Injured list.— Minnesota Vikings (@VikingsFootball) December 5, 2012
This news is going to hit Vikings fans hard. After all, the fact that Harvin's season would be over did not seem like a possibility until Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com reported on Tuesday that Harvin's ankle injury was a Grade 3 sprain, which is far worse than originally thought.
A Grade 3 sprain means it was a full ligament tear.
Even given that information, the news is still a shock. As Pelissero pointed out, the recovery time for this injury is expected to be four-to-six weeks.
So let's do some quick math. Harvin originally injured his ankle back on Nov. 4 against the Seattle Seahawks. Using the six-week-recovery timetable, Harvin still would be back on the field for the final two weeks of the season.
Given his immense value to the team, it is surprising that the Vikings would opt to put him on IR now, instead of waiting to see if he could return. However, maybe there was a setback in his recovery, or for the more cynical among us, maybe this is the result of lingering ill will that led to Harvin requesting a trade this past offseason.
That is not clear, and may never be, but it is clear that the Vikings' playoff chances took a big blow with this news.