Implications of Percy Harvin Injury for Seattle Seahawks

By Thomas Emerick

When the Seattle Seahawks paid a hefty price to trade for Percy Harvin this offseason, it seemed a sensible risk regardless of whether Harvin’s injury history came into play. Quicker to be criticized for spending the available money than letting it sit around.

Well, the risk part of the equation is already hitting Seattle, with Tuesday keeping ‘Hawks fans on their heels.

“Big day for #Seahawks WR Percy Harvin,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted this afternoon. “Seeing Dr. Bryan Kelly for a 2nd opinion on his hip. Team doc didn’t recommend surgery. Will Kelly?

The devil’s advocate for this trade would say that Seattle already had a poor man’s Harvin in Golden Tate, which is kind of cruel to say because Tate showed great open-field elusiveness and was excellent at turning short, easy passes from Russell Wilson into long gains last season. This same logic also defends Seattle’s 2013 prospects without Harvin.

Many including ESPN injury expert Stephania Bell have speculated that surgery could very likely cost Harvin somewhere around a quarter of the 2013 NFL regular season, which I think the Seahawks would bounce back from just fine. Harvin is a sublime talent, having broken more tackles than any other receiver in 2012 despite missing a quarter of the season.

He’s great, but the Seahawks don’t absolutely need him.

They didn’t when they traded for Harvin; it was a luxury addition for a team with an incredible cap situation and a potentially elite quarterback that costs almost nothing. Tate, Sydney Rice, Zach Miller and Doug Baldwin are four very underrated receiving options (Rice has gone from over-to-underrated over the past year), not to mention the ability of second-year man Robert Turbin to catch out of the backfield.

They’ll be all right without Harvin for a full season, though obviously 4-6 games or no time at all would be preferred. No denying the ceiling of this offense with Harvin in it.

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