Percy Harvin’s disappointing debut season with the Seattle Seahawks may soon be coming to an end. When asked if the team might make a roster move involving their injured wide receiver, head coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Tuesday, “That may happen,” according to the team’s official website.
Harvin underwent hip surgery on Aug. 1 and despite making two impressive plays on Nov. 17 against the Minnesota Vikings, the team that traded him to Seattle, he’s been unable to get back to full health. With cornerback Walter Thurmond expected back for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams, the Seahawks may place Harvin on IR to make room for Thurmond’s roster spot.
If Harvin is indeed left off the playoff squad, it would mark an unfortunate conclusion to his first year in Seattle. Entering his fifth season, the Seahawks had big hopes when they traded for the dynamic offensive threat, but injury issues have once again plagued Harvin, a problem he’s dealt with much of his pro career. He played in just the first nine games last season before getting injured and has seen action in a full 16 games just once since entering the NFL.
Despite owning the best record in the NFC for much of the season, there’s much at stake for the Seahawks in Sunday’s game. Seattle can lock up the NFC West and secure a No. 1 seed in the playoffs with a win over the Rams, but a loss and a win by the San Francisco 49ers would knock them all the way down to the fifth seed.