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Favre ready to play, Harvin stays home

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings have had an eventful week. Quarterback Brett Favre finally showed up, then two days later, in a much more somber scene, receiver Percy Harvin had a severe migraine headache attack at practice that sent him to the hospital.

"I don't see why it would be any more distractions than it was last year," receiver Bernard Berrian said. "I think we're the best-conditioned team on distractions, beside Cincinnati."

The Bengals, of course, employ two of the NFL's most flamboyant players in Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens.

According to the Vikings, in the first 48 hours after Favre's arrival, the team sold 800 season tickets. Their 94 percent renewal rate was the team's highest since 2001. Favre will play a series or two in Sunday's game at San Francisco, ideally about 10 snaps.

"That's about all he needs right now and all he's ready for right now," coach Brad Childress said.

By all accounts, Favre has looked fine moving around on his surgically repaired left ankle.

"I think he's doing a good job of rounding into it," Childress said. "We haven't chased him around yet. We're saving that for later."

Harvin, a former Gator, was back at the team facility Friday morning but did not practice. He was taken away by ambulance Thursday after collapsing on the field. He will not travel to San Francisco, and his availability for the season opener is in question.

The status of receiver Sidney Rice, who hasn't practiced because of a lingering hip injury, is uncertain. With depth an obvious concern at wide receiver, the Vikings worked out two notable veteran free agents: Brandon Jones and Javon Walker.

Owens Carries Bengals: Terrell Owens put some bite back into the Bengals offense. T.O. caught a 43-yard pass along the sideline, setting up the only touchdown by host Cincinnati's starting offense Friday in a 22-9 preseason victory over the Eagles. Owens, 36, caught a pass from Carson Palmer along the right sideline, stretching over Joselio Hanson to pull it in before going out of bounds at the 6-yard line. Bernard Scott ran it in on the next play. Owens had three catches for 67 yards in the first half and ran 1 yard on a reverse. "That's what they brought me here for, right? Deep threat," Owens said. "Beat your guy, get down the field, make the catch. We've got it all in our arsenal."

Bills: Tight end Shawn Nelson was suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy. Nelson can return to the active roster Oct. 4 and play against the Jaguars. But Nelson is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and exhibitions.

Broncos: Quarterback Kyle Orton's one-year extension provides him with some security and acknowledgment that he's the unquestioned leader. It also gives rookie Tim Tebow from Florida some time to develop into a pro-set passer while allowing Brady Quinn time to learn the system. Coach Josh McDaniels said he hopes Tebow and Quinn don't view Orton's extension as dialing down the pressure because he wants them to continue pushing Orton for his starting job. Orton will get more than $11 million over the next two seasons with $8.121 million guaranteed. … The team signed free agent linebacker Worrell Williams, the younger brother of Denver inside linebacker D.J. Williams.

Chargers: Outside linebacker Shawne Merriman will miss tonight's game against Dallas because of an Achilles' tendon injury that has prevented him from practicing since Tuesday.

Giants: Backup quarterback Jim Sorgi is unable to make a throwing motion because of the injury to his right shoulder. Sorgi, the backup to Eli Manning, was still gathering information about the tear in the anterior capsule of his throwing arm but said the injury he sustained in Monday's win over the Jets is a lot worse than he first thought. He is taking anti-inflammatory medicines and hopes to be sidelined only two to three weeks. … Two-time Pro Bowl guard and former Eagle Shawn Andrews signed. Andrews, 27, has not played since the 2008 season, missing all but two games the past two years because of back problems that required two surgeries.

Jaguars: Linebacker Freddy Keiaho (concussion) was placed on injured reserve, and linebacker Alvin Bowen, who was waived by Seattle this week, was signed.

Redskins: Last week, it was Clinton Portis. Tonight, Larry Johnson will start at running back against the Ravens as coach Mike Shanahan continues to sort out how best to handle a trio of older running backs. The third back in the mix is Willie Parker, who will get to run with the first unit in next week's game against the Jets. … Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, who sat out recent practices because of problems stemming from heat exhaustion, is expected to play tonight in the second half against the Ravens, the Washinton Post reported.

Seahawks: Seattle has been talking with San Diego about acquiring unsigned receiver Vincent Jackson. So far it's just talk, as Jackson's price tag remains high. He still has not reported to Chargers camp because he is unhappy with being a restricted free agent. The Chargers and Seahawks would have to work out a trade to get Jackson a new deal.

Favre ready to play, Harvin stays home 08/20/10 [Last modified: Saturday, August 21, 2010 12:55am]

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