It won't be a surprise if the Seahawks end up putting Percy Harvin on injured reserve, and it might be the best thing for him.
His surgically repaired hip is going to be an issue for the rest of the season, and the Hawks might be inclined to simply let him heal up for next year -- and hope it is not a problem then.
Harvin reportedly will not play tonight in the huge showdown against the New Orleans Saints, and coach Pete Carroll said Saturday that "it’s more important for us to get him back for the longer haul."
Carroll said tests did not reveal any structural problems with the hip, which reportedly had to be injected with a cortisone shot Saturday.
It is concerning that Harvin was not able to recover in two weeks, and that is why it seems like the team probably will not be able to count on him for consecutive games the rest of the way.
"We thought that it would go with a week break and all of that," Carroll said, "but it (soreness) just lasted a little longer than we thought, and if anything at all is not right we’re not going with him. We’re going to make sure he’s 100 percent before we go."
The Seahawks made a major gamble on Harvin this year, giving up three draft picks (including their third-rounder next year) and $25.5 million guaranteed in a six-year deal.
They might just go day by day with him through the final month and see how it goes, but they also might be better off just putting him on the shelf for the rest of the year and not risking it. Let him heal completely and see how he fares next year.
The Seahawks have plenty of offensive firepower without him -- even with Sidney Rice on injured reserve. Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse have all been excellent, and Russell Wilson also has two good tight end targets in Zach Miller and Luke Willson.
Besides, this team is powered by Skittles anyway.