Vikings struggling with injuries

DAVE POLLARD, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:27 PM ET

Percy Harvin has been using that age-old bedroom excuse to get out of work for the last week.

You know, the "not tonight, honey, I have a headache" blowoff heard countless times around the world.

The Minnesota Viking wide receiver has missed more than a week of training camp due to migraine headaches, a medical issue that affected him last season – which proves it is completely unrelated to the ongoing will-he-or-won't-he retirement saga of quarterback Brett Favre.

Viking coach Brad Childress confirmed to ESPN.com that Harvin has been dealing with "ongoing" migraine problems.

"He's had some," Childress said. "God willing, he's going to work through this. The only thing that would be wrong is if we quit trying to find things and throw our hands up in the air. It's kind of an inexact science."

Harvin made the Pro Bowl last year as a kick returner despite missing time due to migraines, which he's had for most of his life. Headaches kept him out of a game in December and forced him to miss practice leading up to the NFC championship game.

Harvin left camp more than a week ago after his grandmother died and he hasn't been back since. The Vikings don't have a timetable for his return.

To compound matters for the Vikings, their number one pass-catcher, Sidney Rice, still hasn't practiced due to a bad hip (or because he doesn't like his contract, which some insist is the real reason for his absence) and their number one quarterback is Tarvaris Jackson, not Favre.

Rice was put on the physically unable to perform list before camp but both sides have stayed mum about what pains Rice. Favre, yawn, still hasn't made up his mind if he's going to play again.

Whatever the case with Rice, the Vikes were forced to sign former Cincinnati Bengals draft pick Freddie Brown, who lost his roster spot when Terrell Owens signed.

Can't like Brown's chances of making the team when the best Childress could say about his new receiver was that he "was fresh."

ANOTHER TWIT

Add Browns cornerback Brandon McDonald to the growing list of Twitter twits.

Clearly rendered moronic because he was giddy with the news that the Bengals signed wide receiver Terrell Owens, McDonald sent out a vulgar, trash-talkin' tweet that made his football team rather unhappy.

"TO to da Bengals huh??? Yessss, another piece of p**** fa da Browns secondary to run a train on ... Let's Goooo!!!! ITS TRU," McDonald tweeted.

That prompted Browns coach Eric Mangini to have a little chat with his team, presumably about the dangers of social media and not McDonald's brutal spelling and grammar.

For what it's worth, McDonald tried to downplay his crude message by saying it was a joke, that it was taken in a way "not really how it was meant. " He added that it won't happen again but vowed to keep his Twitter account open and active.

McDonald has already lost his starting job and angered teammates by showboating during a recent practice, diving into the end zone after an interception return.

ANOTHER RUNNER

The Broncos are set to add former Raiders running back Justin Fargas.

But Fargas, the son of 'Starksky and Hutch' star Antonio Fargas (Huggy Bear), might be inclined to sit out his first workout with the team.

The Broncos top two backs, Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter, were both injured on the first day of training camp. Ex-Titans RB LenDale White was then brought in as, at worst, a stop-gap measure until Moreno or Buckhalter healed up, and he went down with a leg injury in his first practice with the Broncos.

Buckhalter is expected to be cleared to practice next week but Moreno will probably be out until after Denver's second pre-season game.

GROUNDED JET?

Count New York Jets owner Woody Johnson among those who believe cornerback Derrelle Revis won't play for the team this season.

Johnson told a rally in Times Square Tuesday that he he doesn't see an end to Revis's training camp holdout, which stems from the Pro Bowler's belief that he should be the NFL's highest-paid cornerback.

"That's my opinion right now, today," Johnson said in a Newark Star-Ledger report. "(The two sides are) far enough apart that we can't really talk about the details."

Doesn't sound like a signing is imminent, that's for sure.

TUNING UP

Somewhere, somebody is excited about the NFL's choice of musicians for the annual kickoff concert.

Dave Matthews Band and Taylor Swift will perform before the New Orleans Saints open defence of their Super Bowl title against the Minnesota Vikings Sept. 9 at the Superdome.

The Grammy-winning artists can be seen – and heard, if your ears can take it – during the pregame show on NBC and the NFL Network.

QUICK HITS

The Chargers have signed ex-Panthers safety Quinton Teal to a two-year contract. Teal, a three-year veteran, started three games for the Panthers in 2009 ... Veteran linebacker Tyjuan Hagler joined the Seahawks after five years with the Colts. He started seven games in Indy a year ago ... Cardinals RB Beanie Wells returned to the practice field Tuesday, one day after being carted off with a rib injury after a hit by S Hamza Abdullah. Wells has bruised ribs and might not play in the Cards pre-season opener against Houston Saturday ... Rams QBs Sam Bradford and A.J. Feeley both practiced with the first team offence. Bradford, the first pick in this year's draft, took the majority of snaps and looked sharper than the veteran. Bradford even saw some time at receiver when the Rams went into a wildcat formation with RB Steven Jackson taking the snap ... Bills rookie WR Marcus Easley could be done for the season. according to coach Chan Gailey. The fourth-round pick had an impressive start to camp before being hurt ... Tampa Bay claimed TE Martin Rucker off waivers from Philly. Rucker was on the Eagles practice roster last season ... Raiders QB Colt Brennan is almost guaranteed to get some work Thursday against Dallas. Veterans Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye are still out with injuries ... Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas was held out of practice but got some good news. On Saturday the rookie injured his left foot, the same one he broke in pre-draft workouts, but x-rays were negative ... Long-time 49ers offensive lineman Eric Heitmann is expected to be out six weeks after breaking his left leg Monday. Heitmann has been a starter with the 49ers since his rookie season of 2002.


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