Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin was cleared from his concussion and was always fully expected to play in the Super Bowl ever since being cleared. It’s been one heckuva rough 2013-14 season for Harvin, who has dealt with multiple flair-ups to a severe hip injury, as well as a concussion (he took two big shots to the head) that forced him out of the Seahawks first playoff game against the New Orleans Saints and caused him to miss last week’s playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers. Harvin has always been an injury-prone player, but this season has simply been an unlucky one for the playmaking wideout and special-teamer.
But with a strong performance in the Super Bowl, Harvin could turn a crappy season into a memorable one. All playmakers like Harvin need is one big play in one big moment to capture the spotlight, and that’s exactly the kind of play that the Denver Broncos fears. One of the most important things about having a playmaker like Harvin is the wrinkle that they give to an offense. Sure, the Seahawks could beat the Broncos without him, and they’ve beaten pretty much every team this season without him. However, Harvin takes an elite team to ridiculous levels when he’s at his best, because he’s such a threat when he has the ball in his hands. The Broncos are going to have to use extra resources to try and stop him, and that’s only going to help the likes of Marshawn Lynch, Doug Baldwin, and Russell Wilson on offense. So yeah, a healthy Harvin helps everyone.
According to 710 ESPN Seattle’s Liz Mathews, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll stated that Harvin “looked 100%” and that he is going to play in the Super Bowl without being limited. This is pretty much what Carroll said about Harvin before the Saints game, and the Seahawks have no intention of limiting Harvin in a crucial game- nor should they. Harvin is fully recovered from his concussion, and he should be a big factor in this one; let’s just hope he can stay healthy.