Seattle Seahawks: Percy Harvin Should Not Return Against St. Louis Rams

By Todd Pheifer
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There is a lot of excitement surrounding the return of Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks. Harvin could be a powerful offensive weapon for Russell Wilson and his presence could be the final piece that puts the ‘Hawks into the Super Bowl.

The fear with Harvin is that he won’t be healthy or that he will suffer a setback at some point during the year. Harvin is an amazing athlete, but he still had hip surgery. That is not something to be taken lightly.

After a nice break, Seattle goes back out on the road and will face the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football. Divisional foes can be tricky, but the Seahawks should be able to handle the Rams on their home turf. In other words, Seattle is not desperate to have Harvin return.

If Harvin is truly ready to go, then perhaps the team will want to test him out. However, they should be very cautious. Seattle should not run the risk of re-injuring Harvin as the whole point is to have him healthy for the playoffs.

Perhaps it would be best to wait until the following week. After the game against the Rams, the Seahawks return home to face the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wouldn’t that be a better time for Harvin to debut? Let him return at home, get him into a few plays and let him ease back into action.

Granted, at some point, Harvin will need to get hit hard. The rest of the league is not going to go easy on him. Some linebacker or defensive back is going to target that hip and see how Harvin reacts.

It is exciting to think about what Harvin can do for this team. Let’s just wait one more week before we begin this grand experiment.

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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