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Vikings’ Percy Harvin, Leslie Frazier reportedly clashed

Posted on Dec 21, 2012

The Minnesota Vikings and coach Leslie Frazier continually have said Percy Harvin’s placement on season-ending injured reserve was purely due to the ankle injury that hadn’t healed as expected. As is often the case with Harvin, the story isn’t quite so simple.

Four NFL sources told ESPN Twin Cities’ Tom Pelissero there was a “heated exchange” between Frazier and Harvin in front of Vikings players and staff members in the training room before the decision was made.

While some “inside and outside” the Vikings’ building believed the confrontation was the reason for the IR designation, one source said the team and Harvin’s agent already had started talking about placing Harvin on IR before the incident. But that doesn’t mean other factors didn’t eventually come into play.

There have been several issues with Harvin in Minnesota since he was drafted No. 22 overall in 2009. He missed numerous practices the first two years due to migraines. Harvin abruptly demanded a trade during the Vikings’ June minicamp before backing off the request. He was kicked out of practice by former coach Brad Childress in 2010 after being accused of not giving full effort. The two were separated, and the confrontation continued into the weight room, where a witness said Harvin threw a weight.

More recently, Harvin was seen screaming at Frazier during a Week 9 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Harvin is rehabilitating near his Florida home, but he said on Nov. 21: “I’m ready for this next stretch. I should be good.” He never went through a full practice afterward and was placed on IR two weeks later. Frazier said the decision “helps us all” despite the fact the Vikings were losing one of their top two offensive players during a playoff push.

The 2012 handling of the wide receiver is over, however it actually went down, but 2013 is a contract year, and Harvin said he won’t report to camp without an extension. Does he still even want one from Minnesota? Would the Vikings consider a trade? Harvin was in the MVP discussion before the injury.

Stay tuned.

Follow Kareem Copeland on Twitter @kareemcopeland.

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Robert Griffin III ‘ready to go’ for Washington Redskins

Posted on Dec 21, 2012

Robert Griffin III fully practiced Wednesday, with NFL.com’s Albert Breer reporting the rookie quarterback was expected to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan cautioned that the team would see how Griffin responded Thursday before getting too optimistic. It’s safe to be optimistic now.

Griffin fully practiced again, and Shanahan confirmed there were no problems. Griffin hasn’t been officially “cleared” yet, but Shanahan expects the quarterback to start.

“If there’s no setback, doctors feel he’ll be ready to go,” Shanahan said.

RG3 will be given the choice to wear a knee brace against the modestly improving Eagles defense.

Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.

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Don’t Give Government Too Much Credit

Posted on Dec 21, 2012

In Newsday, Reason magazine Contributing Editor Cathy Young writes:

Entrepreneurs “give back” to society not only in taxes but in products that improve our lives — and in charity. While individual success is aided by public institutions, private associations such as family and community often play a larger role.

Obama is not a quasi-communist; he is just a liberal. Yet at a time when more than 40 percent of our gross domestic product is spent by government, we should be asking how much government is too much. Obama’s speech suggests that his instinct is for more, not less.

Full column at Newsday.

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DeMarcus Ware of Dallas Cowboys fined $15,750

Posted on Dec 20, 2012

Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware has been fined $15,750 for his hit on Ben Roethlisberger last week, ESPN Dallas reported.

Ware smacked the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback in the back of the head with his arm during a pass rush in the fourth quarter. He was flagged for roughing the passer and will now cough up some cash to the league.

Hits to the quarterback’s head will draw a fine. It’s as simple as that.

Ware should be thankful the call didn’t cost the Cowboys a game that was decided in overtime. Dallas needs wins to make the playoffs, and a personal foul in the wrong moment can be costly.

Follow Kareem Copeland on Twitter @kareemcopeland.

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