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Friday Round-Up: Percy Harvin to return vs New Orleans Saints

Posted Jan 10, 2014

A morning link round-up of what's "out there" about your Seattle Seahawks

Good morning, 12th Man.

Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Blue Friday, Jan. 10 - about your Seattle Seahawks:

If you spent yesterday living under a rock, you missed Pete Carroll's announcement that wide receiver Percy Harvin will play in the Seahawks' divisional-round game against the New Orleans Saints at 1:35 p.m. PT tomorrow at CenturyLink Field.

"Percy’s playing," Carroll told reporters on Thursday. "He’s playing in the game."

Carroll said Harvin would be not limited in his return, saying "if he’s going to go, he’s going." It will be Harvin's first game-action since Week 11 against the Minnesota Vikings, when he aggravated the hip he had surgically repaired in preseason. 

In addition to the good news on Harvin, Carroll said rookie tight end Luke Willson is ready to go for Saturday. Willson suffered a high-ankle sprain in the team's season finale against the St. Louis Rams, but took advantage of the Seahawks first-round bye and was a full participant in the week of practice.

Former Seahawks left tackle Walter Jones was named one of 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014. Digital Media Reporter Clare Farnsworth caught up with Jones yesterday at Virginia Mason Athletic Center.

Seismologists have installed two earthquake-reading devices at CenturyLink Field for tomorrow's game to record any earth-shaking activity from the 12th Man. You can watch in-game recordings right here when the game kicks off. Earthquakes have registered the last two times the Seahawks have met the Saints in Seattle.

ESPN's Sport Science team identifies why CenturyLink Field is the loudest stadium in the League

Tom Pelissero of USA Today details wide receiver Percy Harvins' approach to Saturday's matchup with the Saints.

Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com writes what wide receiver Percy Harvin's return means to running back Marshawn Lynch, quarterback Russell Wilson and the rest of the offense.

Terry Blount of ESPN.com looks at how the Seahawks helped keep wide receiver Percy Harvin motivated in his return from hip surgery.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com writes about the fear factor associated with Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor, running through five examples of how Chancellor has intimidated the opposition this season. It's an Insider feature, but here's a sampling from Sando: "Ellington opts out. Cardinals running back Andre Ellington briefly cut back inside on a second-and-9 play with 5:50 left in the first quarter in Week 7. He reversed course quickly and stepped out of bounds after appearing to spot Chancellor heading his way. "He actually said something to me on the play," Chancellor said. "He was like, 'I seen the tape.' That was about it. I call that a smart decision. I don't ever call anyone scared." 

Sando also provides some key statistics to help you make your pick for this weekend's matchup in this short video. He likes the Seahawks by at least a touchdown, believing wide receiver Percy Harvin's return will energize an offense that hasn't played up to par the past four games.

John Parolin of ESPN Stats & Information has four matchups to watch this Saturday.

Cornerback Richard Sherman shares his thoughts ahead of Saturday's matchup with the New Orleans Saints.

Steve Palazzolo of ESPN.com has a look at the most indispensable non-quarterback players for each playoff club, pointing to cornerback Richard Sherman for the Seahawks. It's an Insider feature, but here's a bit of what Palazzolo had to say: "It's difficult to find a player or two that would hurt Seattle's chances more than others, but the first two that come to mind are CB Richard Sherman and FS Earl Thomas. While both are among the best players at their respective positions, given the injuries the Seahawks have faced at cornerback, Sherman's presence may be more vital to ensure Seattle's success. He locks down one side of the Seahawks' defense, rarely straying from his perch at left cornerback, so while opposing quarterbacks know exactly where he's going to be, they've still had the audacity to challenge him 58 times this season -- with eight interceptions to show for it."

KC Joyner of ESPN.com says the Seahawks' biggest weakness could be their on-again, off-again run defense.

John Clayton of ESPN.com highlights the top 10 trends to follow during this weekend's divisional-round.

Bucky Brooks of NFL.com breaks down three keys to a Seahawks victory this Saturday, noting the importance of pressuring Saints quarterback Drew Brees with three- or four-man rushes.

Kevin Patra of NFL.com says Saints tight end Jimmy Graham will test the Sehawks defense without linebacker K.J. Wright, who will miss Saturday's game with a foot injury.

Don Banks of SI.com presents eight storylines to track throughout this divisional weekend. Banks also has his picks in for week two of the postseason, taking the Seahawks over the Saints, 30-27.

SI.com also chronicles quarterback Russell Wilson's success in his second year as a pro. 

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times profiles Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr., who talks about how his late-father - former heavyweight boxer Ken Norton - has always had an influence on his life.

Danny O'Neil of 710Sports.com wraps up his "Person of Interest" series ahead of Saturday's game with the Saints by taking at look a wide receiver Percy Harvin - the wild-card of the divisional-round - and free safety Earl Thomas, the equalizer. O'Neil also says quarterback Russell Wilson's offensive efficiency will be pivotal to the Seahawks' chances against the Saints. and details the "They're going to have to deal with us" mantra of Seattle's defense.

Brock Huard of 710Sports.com has his latest "Chalk Talk" video breaking down a 14-yard run from running back Marshawn Lynch that came in the Seahawks' season-finale against the St. Louis Rams. Huard says reestablishing dominance at the line of scrimmage and in the run game will be a key to success this Saturday.

Bob Condotta, Jerry Brewer, Jayson Jenks and Larry Stone of the Seattle Times have extension coverage of the Seahawks postseason in a slew of entries ahead of tomorrow's playoff game with the Saints.

Former NFL quarterback Hugh Millen shows how the Seahawks can contain Saints All-Pro/Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham without linebacker K.J. Wright (foot).

John Boyle of the Everett Herald gets former Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren's thoughts on the benefits of being a No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

And Don Ruiz of the Tacoma News Tribune looks at what former Seahawks linebacker David Hawthorne brings to the New Orleans defense and details how far the Saints have come since their not-so-pretty past.

Did I miss anything you think is worthy of inclusion? Let me know on Twitter @TonyDrovetto

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