Percy Harvin will not be suited up for Sunday’s Conference Title Game against the San Francisco 49ers, per sources. Seattle’s head coach announced in a press conference earlier that he has not passed the concussion protocol for the National Football League and will be forced to sit out this important match up against a division foe. The game is set to start at 6:30pm Eastern time on Sunday and will be hosted in Seattle. Harvin suffered the concussion last weekend against the New Orleans Saints after taking two brutal hits on opposite plays; he was knocked out of the game last week. Pete Carroll is just hoping that if they can get past the 49ers on Sunday, that his prized wide receiver will be able to play in the Super Bowl, two weeks later in New York.
It has been a rough year for Percy Harvin. He has only played in one game this whole season, having been constantly injured since training camp. Percy has been plagued with concussions since being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, constantly fighting headaches and missing games during his tenure in Minnesota. Minnesota traded the often injured wide receiver to Seattle in the off-season for a first round and third round pick in last years draft and another third round pick this year. Seattle immediately signed the wide receiver to a six-year, $67 million dollar deal. However, within a few weeks of the signing, Harvin ended up getting hurt and had to have surgery on a torn labrum, which has kept the talented receiver out practically the entire year.
For Seattle, it has to be disappointing to have Percy Harvin not suit up for this title game, and disappointing for the player as well. Seattle hasn’t been to the Super Bowl since 2005, when they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers; for Harvin it would be his first Super Bowl appearance and his third playoff game in his career. Seattle has struggled somewhat on offense as of late, specifically the passing offense with Russel Wilson. Their defense and Marshawn Lynch have carried this team the last four weeks and they will need Wilson to perform at high level against the 49ers, even without their top two wide receivers playing in the game.
With their top wide receivers out, the Seahawks will have to rely on a strong running game and their defense. Defense has not been an issue this year for this team; they rank number one in almost all defensive categories this season. Its going to be a loud stadium, one of the loudest in the league; the Seahawks will rely on its 12th man in the stands to keep the 49ers offense on their feet. Without a doubt, Seattle will miss Harvin’s run after catch and play making ability, but other players will step up as they have throughout the season and come Sunday the Seattle Seahawks will come ready to play, even if Percy Harvin does not suit up for the game. This divisional match up will be a fun one to watch Sunday night again two of the leagues best teams; stay tuned in.
by Justin Huffman
Pro Football Talk