Seattle Seahawks: Top 5 Questions About the Percy Harvin Injury

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Questions about Percy Harvin Injury

Top 5 Questions about the Percy Harvin Injury: Seattle Seahawks Rumors
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Do the Seattle Seahawks have a major problem before 2013 even begins? All those draft picks traded to the Minnesota Vikings and this is what happens? Is it possible that superstar wide receiver Percy Harvin could be lost for the entire season?

That sad reality is a distinct possibility.

It is amazing how fast the mood can change from excitement to frustration when a star player goes down with a potentially major injury. Of course, the extent of this particular injury is not known at the moment, and there are some mixed signals from the team. This may be just the beginning of the saga.

At this point, the ‘Hawks are saying all the right things and proceeding very slowly. There is a mix of optimism and caution as the fans wait for Harvin to get a second opinion on his ailing hip. Even a second medical opinion may not solidify how Harvin and the team should move forward in 2013.

Surgery may be in Harvin’s future.

Obviously, something is going on with Harvin’s hip, but how bad is this injury? Could Harvin get onto the field and still meet all the hype in 2013? Could the fine people at CenturyLink Field still enjoy some electric play from this talented athlete? The fans would certainly like to see that happen.

Right now, there are a lot of questions and not a lot of immediate answers. Here are five questions that are pressing on the minds of fans as they wait for more news.

Todd Pheifer covers the Seattle Seahawks for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @tpheifer, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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What is a “slight” tear of the labrum?

What is a “slight” tear of the labrum?
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What is a "slight" tear anyway? Is is just me, or are medical descriptors a little lacking sometimes? Obviously, something is seriously wrong if we are talking about season-ending surgery. That doesn't sound very slight to me. If season-ending surgery results from a slight tear, what happens when there is a major tear? The point is that there are not a lot of details, much is the same way on how fans don't really have a picture of the situation when a player says that he/she is "80 percent" healthy. 80 percent? Not 85 percent? Are you sure?

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Why does Harvin want a second opinion?

Why does Harvin want a second opinion?
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Getting a second opinion on a medical issue is hardly a surprise, particularly when it comes to surgery. However, is there something going on behind the scenes? Is there a reason that Harvin is not going with what team doctors are saying? Certainly one does not want to speculate on possible drama. It may be that Harvin is just being thorough and gathering as many opinions as possible. Still, one wonders if a second opinion will clear the air or make it even harder to see.

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Is this a short-term or long-term decision?

Is this a short-term or long-term decision?
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This is a tough call. On the one hand you have a great team that has a very good chance of going to the Super Bowl this year. From that standpoint, there is reason to push Harvin and encourage him to play through the pain and stay on the field. On the other hand, this is still a young team on the rise. Is there any reason to risk an even more devastating injury to a star player who could have a major impact on this franchise for the next several years? Decisions, decisions.

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What options are there if Harvin is lost?

What options are there if Harvin is lost?
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The Seahawks still have Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin if he can bounce back from a less productive 2012. There is also rookie receiver Chris Harper, who could provide a big, physical target for Russell Wilson. Don't forget that the Seahawks do tend to run the ball a bit with Marshawn Lynch, who will be joined by Christine Michael this year. In other words, Harvin was not the only offensive weapon in the arsenal.

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Does this dash Seattle’s Super Bowl hopes?

Does this dash Seattle’s Super Bowl hopes?
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In a word, no. This is still a team game and the Seahawks were a Super Bowl contender before Harvin arrived. Seattle is still a Super Bowl contender, even if Harvin does not play a down in 2013. Fans can’t assume that the Lombardi Trophy is going to be won with ease, but losing Harvin does not doom Seattle’s chances.


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