Super Bowl 2014: Percy Harvin Expected to Play, Which Raises Several Questions

By Ryan Heckman
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With the Seattle Seahawks now in the Super Bowl, one of the biggest issues for them is whether or not wide receiver Percy Harvin will be back in time to play in their biggest game of the season. Well, early Monday morning we got a pretty solidified answer to that question. According to Mike Garfolo at Fox Sports, the Seahawks expect Harvin to be ready to go for Super Bowl XLVIII.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind now that we know Harvin will be back, because he isn’t just any player. Harvin, when healthy, is one of the most dynamic playmakers in all of football.

The first question raised is how the Denver Broncos will game-plan around Harvin over the next two weeks. The Seahawks’ offense is opened up a heck of a lot more with Harvin suited up, but Denver will have only a small portion of film to study since he hasn’t been on the field much this season. The best way to describe how the Broncos’ defense could look at this situation is for them to simply expect anything and everything when he is on the field.

Secondly, the Broncos also need to make sure they get ready for Harvin to — God forbid — potentially get hurt once again. He’s been incredibly fragile this year, and if he is knocked out of this game, the Broncos’ defensive mindset automatically switches to a completely different game plan. After all, with Harvin sidelined, the Seahawks’ game plan changes drastically as well. Denver has a lot of preparing to do — both for Harvin on the field, and without him.

The Seahawks are in the same boat, offensively speaking though. I am sure they are excited to have Harvin back by then, but again, what happens if he were to be sidelined again mid-game? Then, their game plan goes back to what it has been all season long and the playbook becomes a bit smaller.

It is great to think that Harvin could play, and hopefully for the entire game. He would certainly throw another dynamic into this highly-anticipated Super Bowl, while giving Seattle a decisive advantage against Denver’s defense. It will be something to monitor over the next two weeks — Harvin’s health, that is. Will he be able to stay on the field for the entire game? For Seattle’s sake, I sure hope so.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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