Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin released a statement saying his ankle had not improved to the point where he could help the team.
It certainly is disappointing that I was not able to finish out this season with my teammates. As a competitor I definitely wanted to get back out there on the field but my injury has just not allowed me to progress to the point where I can help our team.
Harvin went on to thank the fans and Vikings medical staff and said he looks forward to returning at full strength next season. In the first nine games of the season Harvin caught 62 passes for 677 yards and three touchdowns; he ran the ball 22 times for 96 yards and a touchdown as well. Harvin also returned 16 kickoffs for 574 yards and a touchdown.
Harvin injured his ankle against the Seahawks and was originally expected to miss four to six weeks, but his ankle has not healed quickly and the Vikings placed him on injured reserve on Wednesday.
The Vikings have lost two straight games and are now 6-6, one game behind the Seahawks for the final NFC Wild Card spot. Minnesota hosts division rival Chicago at noon CT on Sunday.