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Friday Round-Up: Percy Harvin returns to practice
Good morning, 12th Man.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Blue Friday, Jan. 3 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Wide receiver Percy Harvin practiced with the team yesterday for the first time since making his Seahawks debut in a game against the Minnesota Vikings back on Nov. 17.
The next step for Harvin will be to see if he can make it through consecutive practices before determining if he is able to play in next weekend's divisional playoff game. Harvin wasn't available for comment after the day of work, but quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman expressed excitement to have Harvin back on the field.
The team isn't required to submit an injury report after their "Bonus" practices this week, so we'll have to wait until next week to learn Harvin's practice designation.
Pat McManamon of ESPN.com wonders if teams must first experience adversity before becoming Super Bowl champions.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald says free safety Earl Thomas deserves NFL Defensive Player of the Year, noting his stats don't even begin to portray how important he is to the Seahawks' No. 1-ranked defense.
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com details how a midseason return to the fundamentals of football helped get the Seahawks defense back on track.
Chris Sullivan of MyNorthwest.com talks with Pro Bowler Max Unger on what it's like to play center in the NFL.
Jarrett Bell of USA Today has a question about each playoff-bound club ahead of wild-card weekend. For the Seahawks, Bell asks, "Did the Seahawks punch their Super Bowl ticket by securing a No. 1 seed?" Bell cautions it has been 10 years since a team with the best regular-season record has won the Super Bowl.
I imagine most of you will be tuning in for the wild-card round to learn who the Seahawks will play in the divisional round, so here are four players who could surprise this weekend.
Chris Burke and Doug Farrar of SI.com preview each of this weekend's wild-card matchups.
Peter King of TheMMQB.com predicts the four teams that will survive wild-card weekend and tells us how they will get it done.
If you can't get to a TV this weekend, NBC and CBS will be streaming all of their playoff coverage online for free.
Team photographer Rod Mar has photos from the club's "Bonus Day" practice yesterday.
We put together a photo gallery featuring 50 of the best photos from 2013.
And Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth puts the focus on the return of wide receiver Percy Harvin to the practice field, recaps what the club focused on during Thursday's session, and highlights how the team will be spending their wild-card weekend.