- Associated Press - Monday, August 16, 2010

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings welcomed Percy Harvin back to practice, as their versatile wide receiver began to get himself back in football shape.

Though the regular season opener in New Orleans is more than three weeks away, the Vikings could use some time with a couple of their other missing stars. Wide receiver Sidney Rice is still limited to running by himself off to the side while he works on his injured hip, and the quarterback situation _ surprise! _ remains unsettled.

So, any word from that Brett Favre guy?

“Not recent contact, no,” coach Brad Childress said Monday.

Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who missed much of the last week and stayed home from the preseason opener in St. Louis because of an unspecified muscle strain, was also back in action with the first team.

“I’m pretty sure by the first game we’ll have the whole offense again,” Shiancoe said. He added: “Drip by drip, we’re getting this team together. Or piece by piece, should I say.”

Including Favre?

“Ain’t getting into none of that,” Shiancoe said. “The more drips the better.”

Harvin is a big piece, as the reigning winner of the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year award. He was on the field for the first time in more than two weeks. Harvin’s grandmother died two days into training camp, and then his migraine headaches flared up.

“He’s feeling better, or he wouldn’t be here,” Childress said. “Migraine free? I don’t know if you can ever say that.”

Harvin was not made available to reporters, but Childress said he had a long talk with him on Sunday. He acknowledged Harvin will need some time to get back into prime condition.

“I think he’s in a decent place right now,” Childress said.

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, the de facto starter with Favre still unwilling to commit, said he overheard Harvin saying his migraines “got pretty bad” but that there are other people with the chronic condition who have a worse time with them.

The plan is to play the starters for the first quarter of this weekend’s game at San Francisco, but it’s not yet clear whether that lineup will include Harvin. It won’t include Rice, who remains on the physically unable to perform list.

“It’s getting better,” Rice said, adding: “Continue to take it one day at a time.”

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