As our earlier post noted, Percy Harvin did not pass the tests associated with the league's concussion protocol. He's out Sunday. Pete Carroll said Harvin would be fully ready to practice next week.
"It's super-disappointing for Percy, he wants to play," Carroll said. "You could see he played his tail off when he had his chance. Just unfortunate circumstance. He'll be back at practice next week. He'll be ready to go to be back on the field for us. We have functioned the way we've functioned because we don't let things like that get to us and how we're thinking and preparing. We'd love to have him, but not this time."
In a related note, Saints safety Rafael Bush was fined $21,000 for the first hit on Harvin that was also ruled a personal foul.
> K.J. Wright will play without limitations. Wright said he has a large screw in his foot kind of holding things together after he broke a bone in Week 14 at San Francisco. He said he expects to play in a reserve role. He also did anything possible to get back, even hoping and arguing to play against New Orleans last week.
"Everything feels good for the most part and whatever they ask me to do, I'm going to do it," Wright said. "I'm not 100 percent coming off an injury. But, at the same time, I'm football ready. It's the NFC Championship. I'm just going to have to suck it up."
Wright said he did a lot of work in the pool. He also worked in the AlterG treadmill, plus a lot of sprints and cuts.
The doctor told Wright he could have another surgery after the season if he wanted to, but that this one would be sufficient if that is what Wright chose. So, Wright said this will be the only procedure he will have.
> James Carpenter said he expects to be active this week. We'll see how if that means Carpenter is going to be active in order to assure offensive line depth in what is expected to be a rock fight Sunday or if he is back in the mix at left guard.
"It was very difficult, any player doesn't want to be inactive," Carpenter said. "I just came to work and all week just tried to help the team."
Carpenter said he has been trying to work on "everything" after missing the offseason work because of a second knee surgery in the summer, following the surgery that ended last season for him.
> Marshawn Lynch did his weekly media duty. In a nutshell:
-- Being traded from Buffalo was good. "I'm just happy with the situation I am in now."
-- Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman are good. "I just respect their game."
-- NFC title game: "Just one step closer to the big show."
-- On Pete Carroll: "He just gives you opportunity to be yourself."
> Lastly, Michael Robinson was asked about Willis and Bowman. He said he has a lot of love for Bowman because the linebacker was being recruited by Penn State during Robinson's final season there. Robinson also said he has love for Willis after playing with him.
"They're really good. Those guys are definitely All-Pros. You see it all over the film," Robinson said.
And, with this, he may have inadvertently summed up the whole feel around this game:
"They're hard to deal with. But, you know, we've got something about us, too. And they've got to deal with us."