Percy Harvin Not Being Cleared Leaves Seattle Seahawks In Tight Spot

By Jeff Malco
Percy Harvin
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If you don’t think the Seattle Seahawks need Percy Harvin, then you’re wrong. Not only is Harvin being paid $25.5 million, but he averaged 825 receiving yards from 2009-12. Harvin’s ability to make plays is what drew Seattle to him this past offseason. Seattle was hoping to utilize Harvin this year, but due to hip injuries, he was only able to play 20 snaps.

As of today, Harvin has still not been cleared due to concussion like symptoms. During last weekend’s game against the New Orleans Saints, Harvin was hit in the head on the third offensive play for the Seahawks. If that wasn’t enough, late in the second quarter, Harvin was hit hard in the end zone by Malcolm Jenkins, causing Harvin to leave the game and not return.

Some people think that with Harvin injured, Seattle is left in a tight spot — they gave up a first-round draft pick, along with two other draft picks, to the Minnesota Vikings in the offseason, and then signed Harvin to a six-year, $67 million contract with $25.5 million guaranteed. Those not looking at the financial side see that Seattle was successful without Harvin, earning the No. 1 seed with a 13-3 record during the regular season, and one win away from going to the Super Bowl.

As for Harvin’s availability on Sunday, head coach Pete Carroll said, “He’s still going through the process… We don’t know anything yet.” If Harvin is not able to play against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, wide-out Doug Baldwin will be the man returning kickoffs.

After practice on Friday, Carroll will meet again with the media and you can guess what the topic of discussion will be.

Jeff Malco is a writer for Rant Sports. Follow Jeff on Twitter @sportsgurujeff“Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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