On Sunday, wide receiver Percy Harvin was a big factor against the San Francisco 49ers' defense. Harvin caught nine passes for 89 yards, helping the Minnesota Vikings to a huge win over the consensus best team in the NFL. Harvin's backup on the depth chart, rookie Jarius Wright, was inactive and was not able to get in on the action. He spent some time on the injury report but was listed as probable coming in to the game.
He's been out since suffering a sprained ankle on Aug. 30 at Houston in the Vikings' preseason finale, and many thought he would be active on Sunday. There's no word about whether he was inactive due to the injury or for other reasons, but according to ESPN Twin Cities, Wright felt like he could have played.
Asked if he felt like he could have played, Wright said: "Personally, I felt like I could go, but like I told you, it's not up to me and I respect the coach's decision."
There's a good chance he was held out as either a precautionary measure against further injuries to his ankle or even because he didn't get enough full practice time with the team during the week. San Francisco boasts a hard-hitting and dangerous defense, even if it didn't look the part in Sunday's loss.