With Percy Harvin going under the knife, the Seattle Seahawks are trying to stay calm. As NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has reported, Harvin has a “slight tear” in the labrum. The injury was spotted during an MRI last week. Harvin was reportedly asked by the Seahawks to rest and try to play through the injury while also getting non-surgical treatment. Harvin declined and got a second opinion that ultimately led him to have surgery on it.
The Seahawks are still in a strong position. With the amazing play of Russell Wilson and their stout defense, expect the Seahawks to play strong until Harvin returns. If the Seahawks can play consistently good football through the first half of the season, they should be in a good position upon Harvins return.
However, since it is not feared to be a season-ending injury, Harvin can come back after week eight of the regular season. Instead of placing Harvin on the PUP/reserve list by August 31, the Seahawks could place him on the injured reserve list with a designation for return. Harvin would then have to miss the first eight games, at least. He would be eligible to return for a Nov. 3 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
For the Seahawks, they must have other players step up. Sydney Rice and Golden Tate must carry the burden until Harvin comes back. Now, Tate figures to get more snaps than he would have gotten previously. As he proved last season, his career is on the rise. Luckily for Tate, he is entering the final year of his contract so this could be a big year for him. The Seahawks need him more than they thought they would need him. On the other hand, Rice is currently undergoing a non-surgical procedure to address a knee problem that bothered him in 2012.
It all boils down to how well the Seahawks receiving corps will fair without Harvin. They played well in 2012, but if the Seahawks want to deliver on their aspirations they must play exceptional throughout the season. Expect the Seahawks to rely on Marshawn Lynch and their running game a little bit more.
If the Seahawks can stay strong and elevate their play, I don’t see why we won’t see the Seahawks in the Super Bowl with a healthy Percy Harvin.