NFL Notebook: Vikings' Harvin expected to sit against Detroit

2012-11-10T00:00:00Z NFL Notebook: Vikings' Harvin expected to sit against DetroitThe Associated Press The Associated Press
November 10, 2012 12:00 am  • 

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - If the Minnesota Vikings are going to get their woeful passing game going on Sunday, it appears they will have to do it without star receiver Percy Harvin.

Harvin was listed as doubtful Friday for the game against Detroit after a sprained left ankle kept him out of practice all week. He is widely considered one of the toughest players on the roster, so coach Leslie Frazier said he is not ruling out Harvin entirely just yet. But the coach also made it clear some big progress will have to be made in order for Harvin to give it a go on Sunday.

"He'd have to make quite a bit of recovery tomorrow for us to say, we'll wait until Sunday to see what he can do," Frazier said. "But it's possible. We've seen it happen before. So, we'll continue to treat him and see how he feels tomorrow."

Losing Harvin would be a big blow to a Vikings passing offense ranked 30th. Christian Ponder has struggled mightily and the rest of the team's receiver corps has had difficulty creating separation in the secondary.

NFL fines Steelers

PITTSBURGH - The NFL has levied $50,000 in fines to the Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders for faking an injury during an Oct. 21 game in Cincinnati.

Sanders was fined $15,000 and the organization $35,000. Sanders grabbed the back of his leg and collapsed to the ground during the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh's 24-17 win.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson handed out the discipline after meeting with Sanders last week.

Lewis visits Ravens

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Baltimore Ravens received a surprise visit from injured star Ray Lewis, who was placed on the injured reserve-designated to return list over three weeks ago.

The 17-year veteran linebacker, rehabbing a torn right triceps away from the Ravens' team facility, wasn't expected to return to the team at this juncture of the season. However, Lewis is in town for a scheduled appearance Friday night and decided to catch the Ravens practicing during the day.

Lewis did not speak to the media Friday but released a statement saying he's happy to return to the team.

"I've really missed these guys and the feel of being around the team and in the locker room," Lewis said.

Extra points

• Patriots running back Brandon Bolden has been suspended by the NFL for four games without pay for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The league's announcement Friday did not specify the substance. The Patriots had no immediate reaction.

• The Dallas Cowboys will be without running back DeMarco Murray for the fourth consecutive game. Murray (sprained right foot) was listed out for Sunday's game at Philadelphia.

• Detroit safeties Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey will miss Sunday's game at Minnesota.

Delmas has a knee injury, and Spievey is recovering from a concussion. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson was limited in practice Friday and is listed as questionable.

• The Oakland Raiders will be without their top two running backs for Sunday's game in Baltimore after Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson missed a third consecutive day of practice.

Both players suffered high ankle sprains in last week's loss to Tampa Bay and have been wearing walking boots since then.

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