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Harvin is able to fly, but status unknown

NEW ORLEANS — After a recurrence of migraines that kept him out of two practices last week, WR/KR Percy Harvin flew to New Orleans with his Viking teammates Saturday.

The offensive rookie of the year has been bothered by the headaches since he was 10 years old. Coach Brad Childress said Friday that Harvin, who sat out against the Bengals on Dec. 13 because of the migraines, might have travel issues if they did not subside.

Harvin, however, made it to the team's facility. Vikings LT Bryant McKinnie even put on his Twitter page a video of a smiling Harvin packing his travel bag in front of his locker. Those who saw Harvin said he appeared to be okay.

But the status of the former Florida star remains undetermined.

McKinnie posted that he asked Harvin about his migraines and Harvin said, "I've tried everything. Nothing works. I give up."

Shhhhhh: The Vikings expect to use a lot of silent counts today.

"If you come play Minnesota in Minnesota and you try cadence in shotgun, that's not going to work," QB Brett Favre said. "If you play in New Orleans and you try cadence in shotgun, it's not going to work. Now you might not feel very comfortable with silent count, but it's your best option because if you're relying on hearing the quarterback call signals, somebody is going to miss it."

Good memories: In the teams' last meeting, Oct. 6, 2008, at the Superdome, Reggie Bush returned two punts for touchdowns (71 and 64 yards) for the Saints and nearly broke a third. The Vikings still won 30-27.

"The Vikings' coverage teams are a lot better now than they were then," Saints special teams coordinator Greg McMahon said. "They've done a great job this season."

A long time: For all of the talk of Favre's age (40), he was in elementary school when Minnesota last reached the Super Bowl. On Dec. 26, 1976, the Vikings beat the Rams 24-13. But they lost Super Bowl XI 32-14 to the Raiders, falling to 0-4 in the title game.

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