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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin remains hospitalized

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin remains hospitalized after collapsing during practice Thursday because of a migraine. According to his teammates, who tweeted after visiting him Thursday evening in an Edina, Minn., hospital, his condition had improved.

Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian tweeted that "Percy's doin fine everyone," adding, "Prayers still goin out though."

"Just left hospital after visiting Percy he was upbeat while I was there," teammate Greg Lewis tweeted. "He is resting now. Please pray for him and his family."

"Percy appreciates everyone's concern," Vikings Coach Brad Childress said in a statement issued by the team. "He is alert and resting comfortably, but will remain in the hospital overnight."

Harvin, who has battled migraines since he was 10 and sought treatment last year at the Mayo Clinic, had not practiced for two weeks because of migraines, returning to the field only Monday. Suffering another attack Thursday, he managed to return to the field and looked up to the sky to field a punt. He doubled over, vomited and seemed momentarily unresponsive and was taken to the hospital. The scene was so disturbing for players that the rest of practice was called off.

"I don't know how to classify [the episode]," Childress said Thursday. "Not reallly a seizure but he had some trouble over here. I'd be remiss if I tried to qualify it one way or the other. He seemed like he was stable. Shugs [head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman], Dr. [Sheldon] Burns and Dr. [Chris] Larson were all with him right there and Shugs and Dr. Burns rode to the hospital with him. ... As we say those things [migraines] can be debilitating and obviously that one hit and hit hard. It's always scary for all of our guys when you see a teammate struggling with whatever. We said a quick prayer for him."

By Cindy Boren  |  August 20, 2010; 8:05 AM ET
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Cindy may have been muzzled by her editor to the fact that Harvin has for years successfully treated his migraines with cannabis. NOTE: the WP is a huge supporter of marijuana prohibition, thus the muzzling.

Due to folks like the WP, adults like Harvin are in pain and left puking on the field, as the Vikings' 1.04 million dollar investment sleeps in the hospital.

God forbid the WP tell the story of how God's medicine was superior to the store bought pills that take out full-page ads in the WP.

BTW, 13 season & 5 time all NFL pro center Mark Stepnoski of the Dallas Cowboys used cannabis as a medicine his entire career. He is now on NORML's board of advisors.

Posted by: wooldridge1 | August 21, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I fully agree with the previous post. Come on Washington Post, when will you wake up to the truth about cannabis? Percy Harvin would be playing football if he could get legal access to his medicine, but the "rules" don't allow this very safe and effective medicine due to its unjust and cruel prohibition. Take the challenge and do some research on the emerging science about the endogenous cannabinoid system. If you don't know much about it, that's because the media has NOT been doing their job. We expect some objective reporting. Leaving out any comment on Harvin's medicine is a clear omission from the story. Not reporting news on the endocannabinoid system is a clear omission of NEW science about the human body. learn more at

Posted by: mlmathre | August 22, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Around 1913 Sir Wm. Osler, the father of modern medicine, said that marijuana was the first choice for treating migraine. He noted that it was erratic and only worked for some, not unlike many medicines, but was the best bet at the time.

Apparently Harvin is one it works for. Of course the point is that our policy is insane. As long as politicians, bureaucrats and police are allowed to dictate to patients and their doctors the more senseless stupid stories we'll have.

Posted by: jer1 | August 22, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

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