Biggs: Harvin has been plagued by migraines
The Minnesota Vikings moved to clear up some of the speculation surrounding their superb young talent Percy Harvin on Wednesday when the club revealed that he missed two days of practice last week as he was battling a migraine.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that coach Brad Childress acknowledged Harvin has a history battling with migraines, and that the club researched it thoroughly before drafting him in the first round.
There have been questions about Harvin’s illnesses for a while now. He was reportedly hospitalized while traveling to the team’s rookie minicamp in May, and the following month he was sent home from the NFL’s mandatory rookie symposium because of illness.
According to the report, Harvin has battled migraines since he was 10, and he missed two games as a sophomore at Florida in 2007 because of them. He didn’t look ill on Sunday in the Vikings’ victory over San Francisco, catching four passes and returning a kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown, earning NFC special teams player of the week honors.
“I was a little drained,” Harvin said Tuesday. “I got a little light-headed during the game but when you're out there playing football you try to block those things out. I did have a headache, was a little drowsy, got a little tired at times, but like I said, I try not to let that affect me.”
The Vikings were smart to finally be upfront about this. Childress fielded a handful of questions last week about the swine flu, and what could possibly be wrong with Harvin. He talked about taking every precaution to make sure an illness didn’t spread in the team’s facility.
“I'm not an epidemiologist,’’ Childress said.
No one has ever accused him of being one, but he could have discerned at the time the difference between a migraine and some other type of illness. It would have been a good time and place to get in front of the situation. Fortunately, the Vikings didn’t let it go any further.
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