Posted July 30, 2013

Percy Harvin’s impending surgery far from disastrous for the Seahawks

NFC West, Seattle Seahawks
Percy Harvin

Percy Harvin will miss at least three months after he has surgery for a torn labrum in his hip. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

After seeking out a second opinion on his injured hip, Percy Harvin announced Tuesday that he will undergo surgery later this week. That decision means that the Seahawks will be without their new, high-priced wide receiver for at least the first several weeks of the season, leaving them with … well, basically, the same offense that helped them go 11-5 last season, give or take a few pieces.

Make no mistake, this one stings for a Seattle team with Super Bowl aspirations. When the opportunity to land Harvin presented itself this offseason, the Seahawks packaged multiple draft picks (including their 2013 first-rounder) to pull Harvin from Minnesota. They then turned around and handed Harvin a six-year, $67 million contract.

The Seahawks believed that Harvin might put them over the top and form part of their nucleus for years to come.

He still may do both those things. With surgery looming, however, Harvin is certain to open the 2013 season on the PUP list, meaning he will miss at least six games. That’s a conservative estimate, too — the early prognosis is for a three- or four-month recovery, which could put Harvin back on the field around November.

That’s more or less the timetable that San Francisco wide receiver Michael Crabtree is shooting for, by the way, so the NFC West race could come down to which team gets its injured receiver back soonest.

It is also very possible that both San Francisco and Seattle thrive in spite of those setbacks. In Seattle’s case, the focus will turn now to Sidney Rice, who led the team in receptions last season with 50 but who also, according to Pete Carroll, is in Switzerland receiving treatment on his knee. Having him in the lineup for the start of the regular season is close to a must now, with Harvin sidelined.

But if he’s there, Seattle could start the regular season with its top eight pass-catchers from 2012 still on the roster. That list includes Rice, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, Zach Miller, Anthony McCoy, Robert Turbin, Michael Robinson and, of course, Marshawn Lynch.

The Seahawks were going to lean on Lynch, Harvin or no Harvin. Lynch racked up 315 carries last season, as the Seattle offense morphed into a top-10 unit with the exciting Russell Wilson at quarterback. Lynch and Wilson will have even more help in the backfield, too, thanks to Seattle’s draft selection of versatile back Christine Michael.

Michael is one of the few new faces now in the mix, along with rookie WR Chris Harper or rookie tight end Luke Willson.

Aside from those bit players, the Seahawks essentially are back to their 2012 starting lineup everywhere else on offense. That’s the same group that averaged a staggering 42.5 points over the Seahawks’ final four regular-season games and came within one defensive stop of advancing to the NFC title game.

In other words, the sky is not quite falling in Seattle.

If anything, the Seahawks are no doubt feeling more frustration than desolation right now. They gambled on Harvin earlier this offseason, and now have to be having at least some second thoughts.

Harvin could erase those doubts by returning late in 2013 and proving to be the game-changing player Seattle thought it had acquired. Still, even if he cannot do that, even if he’s slow to come back and misses all of 2013, this is still a Seahawks team capable of contending in the NFC.

They did it last year, after all.

15 comments
ParisLay
ParisLay

I still like the Hawks without or without him...Check out my YouTube show where my brother Zeph and I preview the 2013 NFC West...talking improvements,  missing pieces and predictions...plus see who my brother thinks is the real 12th man in Seattle...Thanks for checking it out if you do


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swidt
swidt

Seahawks will still be a good team, but they gave up a LOT to get Harvin and will likely have nothing to show for it this year.

rodp236
rodp236

karma comes to roost for that debacle with Green Bay last year.............................

chaniyan
chaniyan

This team never needed offensive improvement. They needed to get better on defense. When Chris Clemons went down their chance to win went out the door. They should have loaded up on defense. They cannot beat SF without a stellar defense.

MikeKing
MikeKing

Let's see if I understand this.  The number 1 WR is most likely gone for the season.  The number 2 WR is overseas getting treatment on his knees while training camp has already started.  You lost a TE for the year already.  But hey, no big deal...

chris.v.murray
chris.v.murray

as a seahawks fan I am ok with missing harvin for the begining of the season for one year, then him coming on and off the disabled list for the next six years from nagging hip issues.

BrentKnowles
BrentKnowles

great article, although one slight correction... Anthony McCoy has suffered a season-ending Achilles injury so he will not be an active member of the roster for 2013. 

swidt
swidt

@rodp236 Wouldn't Karma go after the ref who made the call? (-which was arguably the correct call anyway).  -If this is Karma, it's for all the failed drug tests in Seattle.

Snackboy2
Snackboy2

@rodp236No GB boosters will bring up the team being smashed down by another NFC west team in the playoffs in 2012... they only whine about the fail Mary. Such a sense of entitlement... such a feeling of persecution.

MikeKing
MikeKing

@chris.v.murray Yes because that seems very likely from a guy who has missed 2 years in a row for 2 different injuries.

BettyVedder
BettyVedder

Glad I'm not the only one who caught this!

Scianoca
Scianoca

@Snackboy2 @rodp236 And that comment coming from a Seahawks fan...You guys haven't won anything ever and for some reason you think your a Superbowl Contender....Talk about entitlement...

Snackboy2
Snackboy2

@Scianoca  Wow, defensive much? Read it again. No claim to entitlement in my comment. No claim to 'be the best' or 'we're going all the way'. Just a comment on GB boosters selectively and constantly whining about the fail Mary, and sweeping their ineffectiveness against the Niners under the rug.

Sour grapes, dude.