Sidney Rice’s Injury Should Not Accelerate Percy Harvin’s Timetable

By Todd Pheifer

The Seattle Seahawks lost a key wide receiver for the season when Sidney Rice went down with a torn ACL in his knee. Now that Rice is gone, it will make many fans anticipate the return of another key receiver, Percy Harvin.

At one point in the season, Harvin was going to be an added bonus for a team that was already stacked with talent. Now, Rice is no longer an option and the offensive line is struggling to protect Russell Wilson and open holes for Marshawn Lynch. Harvin’s services are suddenly in great demand.

And yet, the Seahawks should remain patient with Harvin and not move up his timetable if he is not ready. The Seahawks need Harvin healthy for the playoffs, not Week 9. When you look at the schedule, there is room for patience.

The ‘Hawks should be able to handle the 0-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field. Then, Seattle goes out on the road against a struggling Atlanta Falcons team that is having a tough time on defense this season. After that, it is back to Seattle where the Seahawks will host a mediocre Minnesota Vikings squad.

Now, this isn’t to suggest that Harvin should skip those three games in order to make it to the bye week. However, there is some room for a bit of flexibility. Of course, Harvin may be lobbying to get back onto the field. Eventually, someone will need to make a tough decision.

For now, Seattle should not panic. Losing Rice is certainly unfortunate, but the team should stick with their plan. Harvin should return when he is ready.

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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