Vikings' Harvin appears likely to play in NFC championship game

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Harvin appears likely to play

Rookie wide receiver and kick returner Percy Harvin was with the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday and in apparent good health, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported, after another bout with migraine headaches this week.

Harvin was at the team's training facility Saturday morning and was expected to travel with the Vikings to New Orleans for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Saints, according to the report.

He missed practices Thursday and Friday because of migraines and was listed as questionable on the official injury report.

However, the Star Tribune reported that people who saw Harvin on Saturday said he looked okay, an apparent indication that he is likely to play Sunday.

Harvin was named the NFL's offensive rookie of the year by the Associated Press and was selected to the NFC's Pro Bowl team.

Cable to return

According to a report by ESPN, the Oakland Raiders will retain Tom Cable as their coach.

The Raiders are coming off a season in which they went 5-11, and there had been several reports that the team's owner, Al Davis, was likely to fire Cable.

There also were reports in recent days, denied by the Raiders, that the club had interviewed head coaching candidates even though the job still belonged to Cable.

Cable replaced Lane Kiffin as the Raiders' coach four games into last season and was retained by Davis for this season.

Report links Vick

According to a report by the Dallas Morning News, a steroids dealer in Plano, Tex., told the newspaper prior to his death in 2008 that he supplied quarterback Michael Vick with performance-enhancing drugs.

The Morning News reported that it did not publish the allegation at the time because there was no confirmation that Vick was part of authorities' investigation into the dealer, David Jacobs.

But a recently released document showed that federal authorities questioned Vick about steroids and human growth hormone in 2007 while investigating the dogfighting operation in Virginia in which Vick was involved. Vick told investigators that he did not use performance-enhancing drugs and denied a federal informant's account that he had been overheard at a 2006 party talking about steroids and human growth hormone.

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