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    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin was taken to a hospital by ambulance after collapsing at Thursday's practice, and coach Brad Childress said Harvin suffered another migraine headache attack.

    Harvin, who has dealt with migraines most of his life, has been unable to practice for most of training camp because of the headaches and their debilitating symptoms.

    Harvin returned to the field on Monday after missing more than two weeks, but at the beginning of Thursday's workout he experienced another episode that was scary enough for the Vikings to halt practice while their teammate received medical attention.

    "To see a guy go down, it's never a good thing," defensive end Ray Edwards said. "Just pray that the Lord is with him and he gets back to us safely, and to his family most importantly."

    Childress said that Harvin's episode was triggered when he looked up into a mostly cloudy sky to field a punt during a special teams drill. Harvin went inside to see team physician Dr. Sheldon Burns, then came back out to the field.

    Soon after, Harvin was seen doubled over and trembling. Players and coaches stood in front of him for privacy while reporters watched from a distance as Harvin received medical attention.

    "I don't know how they classify it," Childress said after practice. "Not really a seizure, but he had some trouble over here. I'd be remiss if I tried to qualify it one way or another. It seemed like he was stable."

    Childress added: "I'm putting it in a migraine category, just because of what preceded that, but I certainly don't know what put him down on the ground over there, if it was some kind of reaction or what."

    The Vikings continued with practice for about five minutes while Harvin was being worked on, then drills were stopped. After Harvin was loaded into the back of the ambulance, the team gathered on the field and took a knee in prayer. Players resumed their work for a few more minutes before calling practice over at least an hour early.

    "It was an eye-opener," running back Adrian Peterson said. "It's been tough for him. I just encourage him the best way I can."

    The ambulance did not leave immediately after Harvin was loaded, and it left without sirens sounding or lights flashing. Though the situation didn't appear grave, the mood was somber.

    "Obviously that one hit, and it hit hard," Childress said. "It's always scary for all of our guys when you see a teammate struggling with whatever."

    Childress said that Harvin has had to go to the hospital for a migraine before, as a college star at the University of Florida.

    "I've seen him with one before. I've gotten him off the field with one before. I've seen the start of one coming on before, but certainly nothing to that magnitude," Childress said.

    Migraine triggers vary from person to person, but rising humidity and changes in barometric pressure can cause them, as can the glare of the sun.

    Since Harvin started missing practice as a rookie last year, the Vikings have received all kinds of suggestions to treat the migraines. Harvin has sought treatment from expert after expert, but Thursday's episode was the latest example of how hard of a problem it is to solve.

    "I think by this happening it kind of lets the team know exactly how hard it is," left tackle Bryant McKinnie said. "A lot of times it doesn't take place in front of us. So now by people actually seeing it, they see it's really not a joke.

    "Some of us knew for real that he was really suffering from it," McKinnie said. "Maybe some other people in some of their minds they weren't sure, but I think they are aware now."
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    That's scary... hope he turns out ok...
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    • #3
      ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that "early reports" on Percy Harvin's migraine episode on the practice field Wednesday are encouraging.

      We can't imagine he'll be fielding practice punts anytime soon -- let alone play in Sunday night's exhibition game at San Francisco -- but it sounds like Harvin avoided a migraine that could ache for several days. "It seemed like he was stable," confirmed coach Brad Childress. The issue figures to be a career-long concern for Harvin, but he's not moving in our rankings.
      Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter
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      • #4
        That's very scary. Here's wishing a speedy recovery, Percy!

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        • #5
          Good luck Percy, always hard to see somebody in pain and having trouble. Hope he is better asap.
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          • #6
            Damn.. he's still having Migraine problems? That could be career threatening.. they've been bothering him since last season..

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            • #7
              I feel terrible for the guy.. I hope somehow the migraine's lessen in frequency.

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              • #8
                I'm very worried that this stuff is eventually going to put a potentially great player out of the league soon. Yeah, I'm a UF fan so I root for him a good deal. But I just hope more that each episode isn't damaging him irreversably mentally 'cause I've seen that happen a couple times before in my own family with these "seziure-like" circumstances. Takes away a little brain at a time. But I'm not a doctor, so maybe the so-called "migraines" don't have that potential? Yet they really don't know what is going on with him, and he has seen the best specialists there are. It's a scary situation for the guy.

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                • #9
                  Aloha everybody, Well first of all i send my prayers to Percy Harvin and his family. I have migranes too, And i can say that it is not an ordinary headache. When i did have them i am really sensitive to light and can't really open my eyes and sometimes feel crippled and loss of hunger. Trying to sleep it off i close my eyes and feel dizzy/spinning (Sorta like i'm drunk but with a pounding headache) and really nothing i can do but pray. I went to my primary doctor and he sent me to see an eye doctor inwhich he proceeded to tell me that it could be multiple things that could be the cause. 1) Health - Overweight, Not enough sleep, Inhalelation of certain fumes, Certain foods etc..., 2) Eye Glasses - sometimes we tend to strain our eyes or age factors in... 3) Hereditary - Believe it or not..., Yeah it could be a numberous range of things. All i know that it is not to be taken lightly and i hope that Percy can get help with that problem. I do believe that that had some bearing on Terrell Davis's career in the NFL, But we still love you Terrell Davis!!!. Mahalo & GOD bless. GO
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Broncoboy6 View Post
                    1) Health - Overweight, Not enough sleep, Inhalelation of certain fumes, Certain foods etc..., 2) Eye Glasses - sometimes we tend to strain our eyes or age factors in... 3) Hereditary - Believe it or not..., Yeah it could be a numberous range of things. All i know that it is not to be taken lightly and i hope that Percy can get help with that problem. I do believe that that had some bearing on Terrell Davis's career in the NFL, But we still love you Terrell Davis!!!. Mahalo & GOD bless. GO
                    What I've learned from reports today is that Percy's mom has had migraines her whole life and that Percy has had them since he was 10 years old. I know he missed some time at UF, but it wasn't revealed at the time what it was for (which fueled specualtion at that time that he had done one bad thing or another). So this has been going on for a long while for the guy. It is scary that it seems to be getting worse and quickly.

                    Anyway, I'm sorry to hear you struggle with this Broncoboy6. I hope a day comes that we get a better understanding of these things that go on in our brains!

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                    • #11
                      That's scary... I feel sorry for Percy I hope all he can continue his NFL career.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Amari24 View Post
                        Damn.. he's still having Migraine problems? That could be career threatening.. they've been bothering him since last season..
                        He's had it since he was 10. I feel bad for the guy. I know a migraine sufferer and I've had chronic headaches for the last 12+ years. And they can come literally at the blink of the eye. I'm rooting for him.

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                        • #13
                          Oh my gosh!

                          I skimmed the "Today's Posts" and for some reason, I mistakenly read the title of this thread as "Percy Harvin collapses, dies"

                          I'm not joking. This isn't funny, I'm just glad that my eyes deceived me.

                          Hope he has a quick recovery.


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