Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated writes that losing Percy Harvin for a large chunk of the 2013 season is a significant blow, but not something that the Seattle Seahawks can overcome this season.
Burke points to the fact that Seattle’s offense from 2012 essentially comes back in tact to start the upcoming season, and more of an emphasis will be on Sidney Rice, the team’s leading receiver from last season, to make plays.
“(T)he 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.”
Here’s my story on Harvin’s announcement that he will have hip surgery.
And here’s my notebook from Tuesday’s practice, including Pete Carroll’s announcement that Sidney Rice is in Switzerland having a preventative “procedure” done for a nagging knee issue.
John McGrath of The News Tribune wonders if Percy Harvin’s career in Seattle will travel down a similar path as another oft-injured player for the Mariners, Franklin Gutierrez.
ESPN’s Mike Sando breaks down the implications of Harvin’s injury for the Seahawks, along with penciling out a possible time table for his return.
More Sando: An in-depth break down of Seattle's main issues from training camp
ESPN’s Josina Anderson talks with Golden Tate, who says the Seahawks will be fine without Harvin for an extended period of time. “As a professional football player injuries are part of the game. So when a team signs a guy they know they're taking a risk that could happen. Obviously we would be more dangerous with Percy (Harvin), but with or without him I still feel like we have enough playmakers to succeed this year.” Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports provides some interesting tidbits on the Harvin situation.
Charley Casserly and Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network talk about the impact of Harvin’s loss in this video link.
Brock Huard and Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle talk with Max Unger and Russell Okung in this audio link. The conversation includes an interesting story about Russell Wilson telling the offensive line that he thought they were holding too much during the Washington playoff game. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that Early Doucet has a workout scheduled for the Seahawks. Lavaiser Tuinei also worked out for Miami this week.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com breaks down Tuesday’s practice, the first one in full pads for Seattle.