The Seattle Seahawks traded for wide receiver Percy Harvin during the off-season because of his versatility and ability to make big plays.
They’re hoping to see both in the Big Game.
The sensational but oft-injured Harvin returned to Seahawks practice on Wednesday and is expected to be cleared to play in Super Bowl XLVIII following a concussion he suffered in Seattle’s divisional round win over the New Orleans Saints.
Harvin missed all but one game of the regular season as he recovered from hip surgery on Aug. 1. He was finally healthy enough to play following the Seahawks bye week during the first round of the playoffs, but took two vicious hits in the Saints game, the second of which resulted in a concussion that knocked him out of the second half, as well as the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Looks like he’ll be able to rejoin his teammates on the NFL’s biggest stage.
“It’s pretty cool for him,” Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said following Wednesday’s practice. “He’s worked really hard. He’s just had some real unfortunate things happen to him this season. Everybody on the team, all the coaches, it’s obvious when he’s on the field the impact he can have on a game.”
Obvious is an understatement. In Harvin’s lone regular-season game against his former team the Minnesota Vikings, he touched the ball twice: First on a circus-catch in which he batted the ball to himself for a 17-yard gain on third-down, then on a kick return he ran out of the end zone for 58 yards, setting up Seattle in Vikings territory. Both drives resulted in touchdowns.
He also made his presence felt in the first half of the playoff game against the Saints, catching a team-high three passes for 21 yards and running for 9 yards on an end around, one play before Marshawn Lynch’s 15-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Harvin’s full stat line for the season: one kick return, one rush, four receptions, 105 yards.
So yes, you could call him impactful.
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