Posted January 11, 2014

Seahawks WR Percy Harvin returns after first concussion test, leaves game after second

New Orleans Saints, NFC South, NFC West, NFL Playoffs, Seattle Seahawks
Percy Harvin went down after a brutal hurt, but eventually returned to the field.

Percy Harvin went down after a brutal hurt, but eventually returned to the field. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

UPDATE (6:15 p.m. ET): Harvin was hit hard in the end zone by Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins late in the second quarter, and he was sent back to the locker room for a second concussion evaluation. At the start of the second half, it was announced that Harvin would not return to the game.


SEATTLE — It didn’t take long for things to get medically complex for Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin. On the third play of Seattle’s first drive against the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round of the playoffs, Harvin went up the left seam against defensive back Trevin Wade from the New Orleans 41-yard line. Harvin heard footsteps and dropped the Russell Wilson throw just as he was absolutely clocked by safety Rafael Bush.

Bush was called for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty, and though it seemed like exactly the sort of flag people reference when they wonder if the NFL has gone too far in enforcing player safety rules, Harvin was a defenseless receiver on the play.

(GIF via Bleacher Report.)

Harvin came off the field, and Stephen Hauschka kicked a 38-yard field goal to end the drive. Harvin talked with trainers and had his helmet taken away. He then was taken to the locker room for a concussion evaluation. However, the news was good for the Seahawks — Harvin was deemed able to come back in the game, which he did on the next series. He seemed no worse for wear, looking aggressive on several plays through the first and second quarters.

The Seahawks gave up a first-round draft pick to the Minnesota Vikings for Harvin in the offseason, and then signed him to a six-year, $67 million contract with $25.5 million guaranteed. But he was bedeviled by hip injuries all season and played just 20 snaps. Head coach Pete Carroll thought about putting Harvin on injured reserve for the postseason, but the team activated him this week.

The NFL will undoubtedly look long and hard at the fact that Harvin went back into the game, sensitive as it is about its own concussion evaluation practices. After last weekend’s wild-card matchups, the league’s head, neck and spine committee chairmen sent a note to all team doctors and trainers indicating that Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari and Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis were in violation of the NFL’s concussion policy by not leaving the field (in Lewis’ case) and going back in the game (in Bahktiari’s case).

50 comments
NJHuskyinWA
NJHuskyinWA

The Saints was going to take him out one way or the other. Borderline hit? yes, but they were going to headhunt him until he was out of the game..Weakass sh!t, and they still lost..LOL..

hawaiiguy61
hawaiiguy61

Wilson hung Harvin out to dry on that first one, he also missed 2 wide open receivers in doing so. This is all on Wilson if you ask me. I love the Hawks, and expect our defense to keep decking opponents, remember Chancellor had 3 or 4 of these hits this year, and we just thought it was big boy football. 

Craig
Craig

Bush was flagged, and rightly so.  He clearly led with his helmet, and if this was a couple years ago he'd be collecting his payment for taking out another player.  He should have been tossed, and clearly should be fined for the hit.  I'm not saying Payton still has the bounty program in place, but that hit certainly looked like somebody looking to collect.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

The first one was a dirty hit that should draw a large fine and a suspension. Not so sure about the second one. That looked like a normal football play.

RyanMayer
RyanMayer

Dirty hits from a dirty team with a dirty coach.

eleibow22
eleibow22

Harvin was targeted  for headshots plain and simple.  They wanted to take him out. 

dketernal
dketernal

Harvin isn't fragile (anyone would have gone down from those head shots), he isn't a locker room cancer (reportedly is loved by his teammates here in Seatown), and IMO was certainly a target today in Bountygate 2.0.  The question is, who gets the cash and prizes?  Bush or Jenkins? 


Physical play doesn't have to be dirty play.  The Saints couldn't match Seattle's physical play and knew it even before the game began (i.e. Jimmy Graham's posturing), therefore they had to resort to dirty cheap shots.  We all know how that worked out in the end. 

smithp55
smithp55

Just watched the replay on Bush's hit - he clearly targeted Harvin's head.  What a dirty play.

Wilsonhawksfan
Wilsonhawksfan

@Geez206 Sadly this was my thought exactly, hopefully the NFL deals with this appropriately...

geez206
geez206

Percy took two hard hits after touching the ball twice, i wonder whos collecting the bounty. 

Wilsonhawksfan
Wilsonhawksfan

Nasty dirty hit that would have taken out the best of them. And yes I'm sure the Vikings are laughing while watching the Seahawks advance in the playoffs ;)

True Fan
True Fan

Two hard blows to the head. If you think your bell wouldn't get rung by that then you delusional.

ChandlerRichmond
ChandlerRichmond

Y'all are regarded! He got hit illegally, that hit would have knocked out anyone!! Have some respect for head injuries!

Randall_Pink
Randall_Pink

What a waste of money. Dude can't stay healthy for an entire game. It's a shame too because he's such a dangerous player.  Minnesota has got to be laughing.

matt37
matt37

Seattle could very well win it all without Percy Harvin.  But Jesus.....talk about no return on investment.  That guy's made of glass.....and he's been a locker room cancer too.  Not that Seattle would know much about him in the locker room.

matt37
matt37

@NJHuskyinWASeriously, if you were going to "target" and "headhunt" a player, wouldn't it be Lynch, Tate, Wilson or anyone other than Harvin?

onyxdragon007
onyxdragon007

@CraigBush's hit on Harvin was a textbook legal shoulder hit and completely clean even in the watered down version of NFL. Bush is able to use only his shoulder pad with pinpoint accuracy and drive it into Harvin's shoulder. Harvin's helmet and chin are not even touched. 


This was not a bounty hit to take out Harvin.

hawaiiguy61
hawaiiguy61

@Craig As a Hawks fan it sucked to see Harvin get hurt, but I would expect no less physical play from our defense. Both of those plays were football as usual, Saints had to assume Harvin was going to catch the ball in both situations. Move on, they weren't dirty, just big boy physical football. And Bush led with his shoulder as you well know. 

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@CraigYour paranoia has gotten the better of you.   A few years ago the hit would not even have been a penalty.  Now the NFL has gotten you drama queens seeing illegal hits in every corner of the room.   FYI, don't watch any NFL films from the 60's, 70's, or even the 80's - you will be traumatized by the violence that occurs.

JeffBaxter
JeffBaxter

@ElvisHitler How many full speed hits to the head do you take sitting in front of a computer? 

Craig
Craig

@NoQNoSuperBowl The second one looked like something that happens.  The first one was clearly a planned event.  He needs to be fined heavily, and should have been tossed.

matt37
matt37

@eleibow22In your paranoid, tin-foil hat wearing world, wouldn't it make more sense to "target" Wilson, Lynch or Tate?  Grow up bro, it's football. The same way the studs in Seattle's secondary play it.

matt37
matt37

@dketernalIn your paranoid, tin-foil hat wearing world, wouldn't it make more sense to "target" Wilson, Lynch or Tate?  Grow up bro, it's football. The same way the studs in Seattle's secondary play it.

onyxdragon007
onyxdragon007

@geez206You mad bro? The hit Bush put on Harvin is legal even in the watered down NFL. Good defense can be played without grabbing and holding the receiver every play.

matt37
matt37

@WilsonhawksfanJudging by your game, I'm sure you're not biased at all.....Give me a break.

MelPratt
MelPratt

@matt37That is what every 125 lb. runt like you always says, someone who has come close to competing in sports through Madden Football computer games.

You are a cancer for posting such crap, you case of microcephaly!

KurtSteiner
KurtSteiner

@matt37     Made of glass?    Lol.   Are you serious?    Yes, he should be able to take shots to the head and act like nothing happened.   :)

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@matt37He's been a locker room cancer in Seattle?   Where did you come up with that one?  Or are you using old news and attempting to look smart by bringing it up now?

Michael39
Michael39

@matt37 


Cancer tends to have ill effects.  He doesn't seem to be hurting the locker room.

JeffBaxter
JeffBaxter

@matt37 No, you target the guy that's the best playmaker on the field and also happens to have concussion history. I must be missing your point here or you are confused on why they would want to target Percy.

JeffBaxter
JeffBaxter

@matt37 Nevermind. You never had a point about targeting Percy. You just don't like the Seahawks and that dislike is coming off as obsessive. No one's whining. The Seahawks can win the Super Bowl with or without Harvin. 

JeffBaxter
JeffBaxter

@onyxdragon007 First off, I am not trying to get into an argument...but I don't think you saw all the angles. There was absolutely helmet to helmet contact.

Eric60
Eric60

@JoeCabot @Craig He did not say anything about the penalty, he mentioned Bountygate, which was obviously an issue two years ago.  Just ask coach.

hawaiiguy61
hawaiiguy61

@Craig @NoQNoSuperBowl Thats how our (Seahawks) defense plays every week, Bush led with his shoulder and had to assume Harvin caught the ball. Both plays were just big boy football. Wilson hung Harvin out to dry on that first one, it happens.  

eleibow22
eleibow22

@ElvisHitler@eleibow22yeah that's why he got a flag.  The 2nd concussion hit Harvin was on the ground and the player pushed his head into the ground.  Plus Bush did a helmet to helmet on Marshawn Lynch as well.  The refs can't see everything but replay can.



Craig
Craig

@ElvisHitler @smithp55 I'll only respond once.  It clearly was NOT a legal hit, and the flag only proves the point.  I'm betting on a hefty fine from the league, and he should have been tossed.  End of discussion.

matt37
matt37

@MelPratt@matt37Uh, really?  Do you know anything about football?  Of course none of us would survive on the field.  But Harvin's played 10 out of the last 32 games.  And 2 of those games he was in for less than a quarter each game.  So basically he's been in a QUARTER of games the last 2 years.

matt37
matt37

@KurtSteiner@matt37Seriously?  I'm not saying that I could take ANY hit on an NFL field, but guys get blasted all day long, every game, every Sunday.  You don't know football if you don't realize that Harvin is out waaaaay to often.  Angle, hip, head, migraines, etc.

matt37
matt37

@JoeCabot@matt37The guy hasn't been on the field all year long minus a dozen plays, so how would he have any impact on the locker room? 

Eric60
Eric60

@JoeCabot @Craig Not saying Hawks don't make hard hits on defenseless players either, Cam has made some big ones.