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Vikes practice without Harvin again, but Edwards, K.Williams return

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Vikings wide receiver/kick returner Percy Harvin, the reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, is questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship Game in New Orleans.

Harvin missed his second consecutive practice Friday because of migraine headaches, a problem he has dealt with for most of his life and that cost him one game this season. He has been invaluable to the Vikings as a wide receiver, kickoff returner and even occasionally as a runner out of the backfield on plays designed for him.

Vikings coach Brad Childress called the situation "less than ideal" and said Harvin's ability to fly with the team Saturday to New Orleans could be affected. Childress also noted that Harvin has previously played under the same conditions.

"I have no idea what's going to happen," Vikings quarterback Brett Favre said of Harvin, his trusty third-down target. "We hope he plays, but we have to prepare as we've been doing, like Percy's playing."

Better news for the Vikings was the return to practice of starting defensive linemen Ray Edwards and Kevin Williams. They're each listed as questionable because of knee injuries that kept them out of practice the previous two days. Edwards wore a brace on his right knee. Childress said Edwards and Williams both moved around "OK" during drills.

"We'll see how they bounce back (Saturday)," Childress said. "That's always the litmus test."

Linebacker Chad Greenway expressed no concern about Edwards and Williams being less than full strength.

"If they're out there, they're going to be flying around, playing at 100 percent," Greenway said. "Obviously, we're optimistic that they're going to be 100 percent and ready to go."

Defensive tackle Pat Williams (elbow/foot) and cornerback Benny Sapp (ankle/back) also were listed as questionable to face the Saints on Sunday, with a spot in the Super Bowl on the line. The foot for Williams and the back for Sapp were new additions to the injury list Friday.

Williams didn't participate at all in practice. Sapp, Edwards and cornerback Antoine Winfield were limited. Winfield is listed as probable, still feeling some effect of the broken right foot that he suffered in October.

Also, linebacker E.J. Henderson, who was lost for the season when he broke his leg last month, will accompany the team to New Orleans, according to Greenway.

"It's just nice to have him around," Greenway said. "You forgot how good he played for 12 weeks of the season."

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