Percy Harvin had another big day Sunday, Oct. 14, for the Vikings, but the question is whether he is going to get ground down to the nub.
Harvin caught 11 passes against the Redskins for 133 yards. He returned three kickoffs for a total of 100 yards. He even ran the ball a couple of times. There was one point in the first half, when he had a noticeable limp while on the sideline. But he was back out for the next series.
"I'm fine," Harvin said. "I'll recover Monday. I'll get iced up. We've got a lot of work to do. I'm not concerned with my body. I'm concerned with winning."
He remains the team's only big-play threat at the receiver position. And opponents are going out of their way to try to prevent him from returning kicks. He carries a big workload despite the fact that he is small by NFL standards. And other teams target him relentlessly.
"He is a heck of a player," quarterback Christian Ponder said. "The plays that he makes and the hits that he takes, he keeps getting up. We know that he is sore and has been hurting, but he is still playing and making plays. He is an unbelievable player. Probably the best player in the league right now."
Harvin is more concerned with winning than with statistics. Afterward, he was upset that the Vikings' first three drives resulted in field goals, despite the fact they were deep into Washington territory.
"It was very disappointing," he said. "Especially when your defense comes out on fire like that and gets you a turnover on the plus side of the 50. We had a chance to go up 21-0 and we didn't do that. That just shows you if you get three points, seven points will end up creeping on you at the end of the game."
Harvin still was out there at the end when the Vikings were going all out for what clearly was a meaningless touchdown.
"That's the way I play," he said. "We didn't win the game. I definitely wanted to finish the game strong, to finish in attack mode."
After six games, Harvin's team-leading 49 catches are almost twice as many as Kyle Rudolph's second-place 25. His 540 yards receiving more than doubles anyone else's. He has returned 12 kickoffs for 445 yards. That's a whopping 37.1 yard average.
He'll be immersed in ice Monday at Winter Park.