It has been a long time coming for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin. Back when he was traded from the Minnesota Vikings in the offseason, NFL fans thought Seattle had become clear-cut favorites to win the NFC and maybe even a Super Bowl. His dynamic presence on the field would do wonders for an already-potent Seattle offense.
But, a hip surgery put him out until week 13 of the season. Upon his return, Harvin re-injured his hip due to coming back — what most believe to be — too soon. Following that next bit of disappointing news, he hasn’t played since.
The time has finally come, though, for Harvin to take the field. What better time than now? A divisional round matchup between Seattle and the New Orleans Saints at home is most certainly quite the stage for a comeback. But, is Harvin completely healed? If so, how much of an impact will he have? Head coach Pete Carroll seems to have an idea.
“He’s gonna play, and I’m not going to restrict him in any way,” Carroll told The MMQB. But wait, there’s more.
“He’ll return kicks,” Carroll added.
The Saints are now in more trouble than they had originally thought. It wasn’t bad enough that they have to return to a field in which they were slaughtered just a few weeks ago. No, now they face arguably the most exciting return man in the game — at full health, of course.
This past regular season, New Orleans boasted the 7th-worst starting field position for an opponent. The Saints allowed their opposing teams to return kickoffs an average of 25.2 yards. Out of all the teams still in the playoffs, that ranks second to last. Having Harvin back to field the kickoffs is probably the worst news they could have heard aside from any injuries of their own.
With Harvin not limited on Saturday, the Saints now have to make sure their game plan is focused in on stopping him. Though he may not be 100 percent, Harvin will still give them fits in the return game. Just one play is all the guy needs to break open a game and switch the momentum tremendously. New Orleans better be careful — that’s all I’m saying.