With Favre on board, Vikings need healthy receivers

Posted Aug. 20, 2010 @ 4:05 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Now that Brett Favre has given the word that he'll be playing this season, the Vikings must make sure that their talented pass catchers are up to full speed.

PFW/PFWA Offensive Rookie of the Year WR Percy Harvin missed two weeks following the death of his grandmother but also with continued bouts of migraine headaches. It appears that the migraines were the cause of his collapsing at practice this week, requiring him to be taken to the hospital. Even though the migraines plagued Harvin as a rookie, he never missed more than a couple of days of practice at a time and he never collapsed like he did in practice. Harvin's health is a major concern right now, even though the team has said he's recovering well.

Coming off his best season, WR Sidney Rice missed all of training camp with a hip injury, but we're starting to hear whispers that there is no serious concern about his health. There's some thinking around Eden Prairie that Rice is not only rehabbing his hip, which he has said has had a few setbacks, but that that he might be staging a mini-holdout with the idea that he'd like a new contract.

TE Visanthe Shiancoe was a Favre favorite last season, hooking up 11 times for touchdowns, but he has missed some action with a shoulder injury and didn't make the trip for the preseason opener.

Although Bernard Berrian has stood out in camp and figures to be a bigger factor this season, the WR depth is noticeably thin. Favre will need time to get in sync again with his top four pass catchers over the next few weeks as the Vikings prepare for their season opener at New Orleans on Sept. 9.


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