Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin was placed on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday.
Harvin was sidelined Sunday for a third straight game because of a sprained left ankle. The attention will quickly shift in Minnesota on how the Vikings can retain their most electric receiver. Harvin has not been happy that the Vikings didn't address his contract and considered a holdout before training camp.
"It certainly is disappointing that I was not able to finish out this season with my teammates," Harvin said in a statement. "As a competitor, I definitely wanted to get back out on the field, but my injury has just not allowed me to progress to the point where I can help our team.
I appreciate the efforts of our medical staff and the support of our fans in helping me through this process and look forward to coming back stronger and better than ever."
He caught 62 passes for 677 yards in nine games and, according to STATS, Inc., is still second in the NFL in yards after the catch to Wes Welker of the Patriots despite missing extensive time.
Harvin was inactive for the Vikings' game at Green Bay last week but had attempted to return to practice. His injury never improved, and the Vikings shut him down for the season.
The Vikings host the Chicago Bears this week and have the 32nd-ranked passing offense in the NFL.
At the time he was hurt on Nov. 4 against Seattle, Harvin was the NFL leader in total yards, which includes rushing, receiving and kick returns.