Calm down, everyone!
The Seattle Seahawks got news today from WR Percy Harvin that he will be undergoing surgery on his hip injury. The surgery is reportedly taking place on Thursday in New York and will sideline Harvin 3-4 months. This puts him at a very late November/early December return if things go according to plan.
While people are pulling out their doomsday clocks, they need to realize something – the loss of Harvin is disappointing and somewhat tragic, but it is by no means the end of the world.
Among other factors, we all need to take solace in the fact that the Seahawks receiving corps is young and talented. The Seahawks incumbent receivers Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, Jermaine Kearse and Phil Bates.
When healthy, Rice brings the Seahawks a big time target while the combo of speed and hands from both Baldwin and Tate are sure to throw off opposing defenses. Jermaine Kearse brings more of the same.
And all the while, they also have the talented Bates, Harper and Williams waiting to show the Seahawks that they can fit, too. Don’t forget Brett Swain, Arceto Clark, Greg Herd and Bryan Walters who are looking to fight their way onto the team, too, despite the big odds they’re facing.
Last season, Rice had 50 catches for 748 yards and 7 touchdowns for the Seahawks. Tate had 45 catches for 688 yards and 7 touchdowns. Baldwin had 29 catches for 366 yards and 3 touchdowns.
That all happened without Percy Harvin.
Does the loss of Harvin hurt? Absolutely. But it is not going to hinder this team’s chances at a playoff run and subsequent Super Bowl. The Seahawks came dangerously close last season to challenging for the NFC crown (without Harvin) and there is no reason Russell Wilson and company can’t do it again…without Harvin.
The loss of a game changing player is never fun, but it isn’t an end-all. Percy Harvin was a luxury the Seahawks could afford this offseason, but Harvin is exactly that – a luxury.
He was not necessary for Seattle to make the playoffs or even to beat the biggest, baddest teams in the league.
His addition made the future even brighter, but even without him, the future is still shining as bright as it was when the Seahawks became the hottest team in football in the second half of last season.
With that corps of receivers still intact along with the newcomers battling for a spot, the competition will not suffer.
Good news, though! He can return in time for a another December to remember in Seattle.