Percy Harvin

Upon meeting Vikings wide receiver/kick returner Percy Harvin for the first time, one can’t help but be drawn to his charisma, manners (“yes ma’am, no ma’am”) and big smile. Hard to believe that only days before he was literally crying himself to sleep.

So says Harvin, whose debilitating migraine kept him out of practice for nearly two weeks and forced him to miss last week’s game against Cincinnati but will not keep him out Sunday against Carolina. The 21-year-old, who has suffered from migraines since he was 10 years old, said this was the worst one he’d ever had.

“It was scary,” said Harvin, who leads the NFC with 1,780 combined yards heading into Week 15. “You want to do anything to stop it.” Harvin told me he arrived in Charlotte with a lingering headache and drowsiness, he believes, from the pressurized airplane.

This week Harvin also got the surprise news that an MRI showed two bulging discs in his neck. And he told me that after every game he’s played in since high school, the back of his neck is sore and swollen, all factors that require more investigation. Harvin said he is scheduled to go to the Mayo Clinic on Tuesday with a Vikings team doctor.

Harvin said his mother suffered from migraines as well, and he’s been told they can be genetic. Typical triggers for his migraines have been spending too much time in the sun and eating chocolate, he said. However, this episode was preceded by a bout with the flu.

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