Percy Harvin May Miss 2010 NFC Championship Game

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2010

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)
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According to NFC North correspondent Kevin Seifert on ESPN.com, Minnesota Vikings' rookie wide receiver Percy Harvin missed practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the New Orleans Saints.

Head coach Brad Childress commented after practice stating that "It's hard for me to even predict whether Harvin can play Sunday".

Harvin, who is a long time sufferer of migraine headaches, has suffered the condition since the early years of his youth.  Effecting numerous games throughout his college and NFL career, Harvin has already put the Vikings in a tough situation more than once this season.

"They all vary in intensity and time period," Childress said.

For New Orleans, this is news that will bring a smile to head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees. With Harvin possibly taken out of the Vikings' experienced wide receiver corp, its one less target that Brett Favre has the option to throw to.

Harvin, who had 790 yards on the season and six touchdowns, was among the reasons for the Vikings dominance in the beginning stages of the 2009 season.

"I have no idea what's going to happen" replied Brett to numerous questions in a press conference. "We hope he plays, but we have to prepare as we've been doing, like Percy's playing."

Although Brett's attitude and game plan is right, it still doesn't change the fact that the trusty third down receiver may be absent in this game. Now relying on Bernard Berrian more than ever, the Vikings will have to notably change their offensive game plan to avoid becoming too predictable.

Saints' cornerbacks Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter will still have their work cut out for them, but they can push the thought of number twelve being a threat to the back of their minds.

"So we'll just have to see how he comes along," Brad Childress said. "It's less than ideal, but he's played under the same circumstances this year."

Even so, the Vikings are going to have to work a little harder to fill the void that is Percy Harvin.  Harvin's numbers were below average last week against the Dallas Cowboys.  23 yards and zero touchdowns, the Vikings still managed a convincing win over their opponents.  This is a different team though, the Saints are strong and hungry for a Super Bowl appearance.  We may just see a different story come Sunday.