Percy Harvin experienced the scariest episode yet in a career plagued by migraine headaches when he collapsed at Minnesota Vikings' practice Thursday and was taken to a hospital by ambulance.
Coach Brad Childress left team headquarters after practice and spent the rest of the afternoon at the hospital with Harvin, who also got visits from other coaches and teammates.
“Percy appreciates everyone’s concern,” the coach said in a statement posted on the team website Thursday. “He is alert and resting comfortably, but will remain in the hospital overnight.”
Harvin, who has dealt with migraines most of his life, returned to the field Monday after missing more than two weeks, but at the beginning of Thursday’s workout the wide receiver experienced another episode that was scary enough for the Vikings to halt practice while their teammate received medical attention.
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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.
RYAN, DUNGY TALK
Rex Ryan smoothed things over with Tony Dungy.
The New York Jets coach spoke with Dungy about his criticism of him during HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series. The former NFL coach said that Ryan used too much profanity.
“I wanted him to know how I felt,” Ryan said Thursday. “We talked man-to-man. He told me his position and I definitely told him my position. So, it was good.”
The Denver Broncos have signed quarterback Kyle Orton to a long-term contract extension, throwing a wrench into rookie Tim Tebow’s designs on taking away his starting job anytime soon. Coach Josh McDaniels said in a statement that Orton’s “leadership and knowledge of the offense have enabled him to have a solid offseason and training camp.” … Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing had his four-game suspension for taking a performance-enhancing drug upheld by the NFL, which means he won’t be eligible to play until October. … Green Bay Packers safety Atari Bigby will miss at least four weeks after having ankle surgery earlier this month, putting his availability in doubt for the team’s regular season opener at Philadelphia. … Eli Manning isn’t the only Giants quarterback who will miss New York’s preseason game against the Steelers. Scratch backup Jim Sorgi, too. Sorgi had an MRI and was diagnosed with a torn capsule in his right shoulder that will sideline him two to three weeks. The Giants signed free agent quarterback Dominic Randolph and waived tight end Jake Ballard, who was sidelined most of training camp with a hamstring injury. … The Oakland Raiders have placed backup quarterback Charlie Frye on injured reserve with an injured right wrist. Coach Tom Cable said it will take four to five months for Frye to rehabilitate the hurt ligament.