By Brady Henderson
There are a few layers to the drama surrounding the hip injury that has forced wide receiver Percy Harvin to miss the start of Seahawks training camp.
The first is what it will mean for the Seahawks if Harvin is forced to miss time during the regular season. He’s scheduled to get a second opinion on the exact nature and severity of the injury Tuesday in New York, and while coach Pete Carroll said Harvin won’t necessarily miss the season if it’s determined that surgery is required, it’s a possibility.
The Seahawks’ wide receiver corps is among the deepest in the NFL, and the trio of Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin was plenty effective last season. Still, Harvin’s acquisition was viewed by many as one that made Seattle Super Bowl contenders, and his availability for regular-season games is essential if the Seahawks are to maximize their $67 million, multi-draft-pick investment.
There’s also the issue of Harvin’s tumultuous tenure with the Vikings and whether this could be a sign that more of the same is to come in Seattle. Harvin didn’t always see eye to eye with the Vikings, to say the least, which is the best explanation for why a team would trade an elite playmaker who was just entering the prime of his career.
USA Today Sports’ Tom Pelissero, who previously covered Harvin and the Vikings, told “Brock and Danny” on Friday that the issues included missing practices with what were perceived as questionable injuries, at least one sideline blowup and heated altercations with head coaches Brad Childress and Leslie Frazier.
“Percy Harvin [in 2010] missed 36 practices and parts of 13 others – that we know of – during the course of that season, still played in 14 games,” Pelissero said, citing his own count. “On Sundays you know exactly what you’ve got from Percy Harvin. Three hours every week you know you’re getting every ounce of him, he’s not going to play scared, he’s going to run into people, he’s going to do some things you’ve never seen anybody else do on a football field, but the other six days and 21 hours of the week you might have a basket case on your hands.”
So which is the bigger potential issue with Harvin? Brock Huard and Danny O’Neil share their thoughts on that question in the video below.
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