The Percy Harvin drama has taken another step forward.
The Minnesota Vikings wide receiver wasn't present at Wednesday afternoon's mandatory minicamp practice, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. This comes hours after Harvin requested a trade from the Vikings after hinting at "problems" with the team.
Players who skip whole minicamps can be fined $60k. Wonder if the Vikings will fine Harvin for missing today. No word on if it was excused.
- Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 14, 2012
Harvin participated in an earlier walkthrough practice with teammates and coaches Wednesday morning.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said Wednesday the team had "no interest at all in trading" Harvin. We don't have confirmation that Harvin's issues are contract related, but he's scheduled to make just $2.47 million over the final two years of his rookie deal.
Unfortunately for Minnesota, the sheer lack of weapons on this offense gives Harvin leverage. The cupboard is bare behind him, unless Michael Jenkins and Devin Aromashodu scare you. It's enough to scare Christian Ponder, who faces the prospect of opening the season with Adrian Peterson in the backfield and, now, Harvin on the outside.
This one isn't over yet.
UPDATE: Vikings coach Leslie Frazier isn't sure if Harvin will be present for Thursday's practice.
"We're going to talk more in detail," Frazier said, according to the Associated Press. "We have a lot of things to talk about."