— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 30, 2013
Just when you thought it was safe to get excited.
Percy Harvin teased Seahawks fans with his brilliance against Minnesota. A one handed grab. A great kick return.
We probably won’t see any of that on Monday night against the Saints.
Harvin is listed as doubtful, having suffered soreness in his recovering hip following the Vikings game. Nearly two weeks of rest hasn’t put him in a position to practise.
That has to be a concern.
Even with limited snaps against Minnesota, he’s hurting. If he feels close to 100% over the next 48 hours, can you feel comfortable putting him on the field? And what would his workload be?
They might as well turn doubtful to ‘out’.
And it’s getting to the point where it might just not be worth the risk over the next few weeks. Instead of going into every game wondering if he’s going to be ready — is it time to face facts?
Is it time to shut him down?
That doesn’t have to be IR for the rest of the season. Maybe it just means saving him for the playoffs? That extra few weeks can be spent on rehab and practise. It could make a world of difference.
You’re talking about five weeks of the regular season plus a possible first round playoff bye. Six total weeks to prepare and get ready.
Right now it’s pretty clear he isn’t ready. And I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not spend every week wondering if Harvin is going to make it. As much as everyone wants to see him out there, I also want to see him out there next year and the year after. This isn’t a one year deal.
I also appreciate keeping teams in suspense will make it tough for opponents to prepare.
But aren’t the Seahawks good enough to win without those kind of shenanigans?
(I love using the word shenanigans in a piece)
While it’s disappointing to get almost no immediate return out of a first round pick plus change, the Seahawks are 10-1 without Harvin. This isn’t the difference between success and failure.
There’s no doubt Carroll and co will do the right thing here. I just feel like it’s something we need to embrace.
We might not see Percy Harvin again this year.
It is what it is.