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Vikings WR Harvin unhappy with team


Vikings WR Harvin unhappy with team

By Danny Moran
The Minnesota Vikings were dealt a significant blow when their most dangerous weapon, running back Adrian Peterson, tore his ACL and MCL during the last game of the season. Now the team's second-most explosive player has publicly expressed his unhappiness with the direction of the team.

Wide receiver Percy Harvin said he is dissatisfied with the team during their first day of mandatory minicamp.

While he did not comment on specifics, Harvin has multiple reasons for his frustration. He is still playing with his rookie contract and will make less than 1 million in 2012.

The former first round pick out of Florida had career highs last season in receptions (87) and receiving yards (967), as well as hauling in six touchdowns. He also took on a greater role in the backfield, carrying the ball 52 times for 345 yards and three touchdowns.

But Minnesota has regressed over each of Harvin's three seasons with the team. The Vikings stumbled to a 3-13 record in 2011, the team's worst record since they drafted Harvin in 2009. They have missed the playoffs for two consecutive years after reaching the NFC Championship the previous season before falling to the eventual champion New Orleans Saints.

Getting back into the playoff hunt may be tougher now then ever as the NFC North is arguably the strongest division in the NFL. The Chicago Bears were 7-3 before Matt Forte and Jay Cutler both went down season-ending injuries. The Detroit Lions reached the playoffs for the first time in 12 seasons. And the Green Bay Packers are coming off a 15-1 season to follow up their Super Bowl victory the year before.

Minnesota's opponents in 2012 had a combined .512 winning percentage in 2011, giving them the eighth toughest schedule in the league.

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites has plenty of great IHSA football playoff action from the semifinals on Saturday as NBC Sports Chicago has highlights of many of the area's top matchups. 

Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights. 

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This Week's Scores

Class 8A

Loyola Academy 17, Edwardsville 10

Lincoln-Way East 24, Maine South 14

Class 7A

Lake Zurich 14, Mount Carmel 7

Batavia 23, Benet Academy 13

Class 6A

Prairie Ridge 42, Hoffman Estates 21

Nazareth Academy 24, Providence Catholic 7

Class 5A

Phillips 27, Sterling 14

Dunlap 21, Washington 0

Class 4A

Morris 43, Raby 8

Rochester 31, Highland 14

Class 3A

IC Catholic 7, Byron 0

Pleasant Plains 41, Anna-Jonesboro 2

Class 2A

Gibson City 14, Newman Central Catholic 8

Maroa-Forsyth 25, Shelbyville 14

Class 1A

Tuscola 21, Athens 14

Lena-Winslow 12, Forreston 8


NBCSPreps Boys Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

NBCSPreps Boys Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

The 2017-18 IHSA boys basketball season has a lot of talented teams in the Chicagoland area. See who made the preseason top 25, headlined by five Public League powerhouses.

No. 1 Morgan Park

No. 2 Whitney Young

No. 3 Simeon

No. 4 Orr

No. 5 Curie

No. 6 Fenwick

No. 7 Bolingbrook

No. 8 Waukegan

No. 9 Niles North

No. 10 Uplift

No. 11 Romeoville

No. 12 Hinsdale South

No. 13 West Aurora

No. 14 Larkin

No. 15 St. Rita

No. 16 OPRF

No. 17 St. Charles East

No. 18 Kenwood

No. 19 Willowbrook

No. 20 Bloom

No. 21 Evanston

No. 22 Lake Zurich

No. 23 Proviso East

No. 24 Lincoln-Way East

No. 25 Libertyville