The Seattle Seahawks are playing it cautious with Percy Harvin, and it’s both an admirable and prudent approach taken by the Seahawks organization. Losing Sidney Rice for the remainder of the season is a tough blow, even if he hasn’t really played well this year, because it hurts the Seahawks pass-catching depth. The passing game has been the lone weakness for the Seahawks this season, but I think most of that is on the offensive line. Injuries to Russell Okung and others have really hurt the overall production of the offense, and things will get better once the Seahawks starting tackle duo is back. Okung should be able to return from the short-term I.R. next week, and the future definitely looks bright for the Seahawks.
Harvin’s recovery from hip surgery has gone better than expected, and the Seahawks could have brought him back this week if they wanted to. The passing game would receive a huge boost with Harvin out there, but the Seahawks have an easy opponent this week in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Marshawn Lynch is revved up for a big game, and the Buccaneers offense is going to find it nearly impossible to move the ball against the league’s deepest defense; the Seahawks can definitely wait on Harvin one more week.
According to ESPN NFL Nation’s Terry Blount, Percy Harvin recently underwent an MRI as another precaution created by the Seahawks organization, and his MRI turned up clean without any complications, according to head coach Pete Carroll.
The deadline to activate Harvin from the reserve/PUP list is after the team’s Week 10 contest against the Atlanta Falcons (the game is on the tenth of the month, he must be activated by the 12th), but Carroll indicated that Harvin won’t necessarily make his return to the playing field upon activation. He did not practice this week after practicing last week and suffering a minor setback, and the Seahawks know that they need to make sure the oft-injured WR is 100% going into the playoffs. They definitely need him at that point, and it’s important to note that the Seahawks don’t face a winning team until Week 13 when they face the New Orleans Saints (the Seahawks bye week is in Week 12).