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Thursday in Hawkville: Percy Harvin enjoying latest upswing in ‘rollercoaster’ season

Posted Jan 23, 2014

After practicing Wednesday for the first time since getting a concussion against the Saints two weeks ago, Percy Harvin was back at it on Thursday and talked about his “rollercoaster” first season with the Seahawks.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Jan. 23, when the Seahawks continued to prepare for the Super Bowl XLVIII matchup with the Denver Broncos on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium:

WORD OF THE DAY: ROLLERCOASTER

That’s the word Percy Harvin used to describe his first season with the Seahawks. And with the way his season has gone, it’s been a rollercoaster ride of breathtaking highs and morale-testing lows.

But first, a question: Percy Harvin topping Hawkville two days in a row?

Yes. When Harvin practices, as he did Wednesday as well as Thursday, it is news. And when Harvin talks to the media, as he did after Thursday’s practice, that’s news, too.

“I feel good. It was good to get back out there with my guys,” Harvin said after practice, which was held on the outside fields along the shores of Lake Washington. “I don’t think anybody’s not feeling good going after the most-prized possession in our profession.”

That, of course, would be the Lombardi Trophy that will be presented to either the Seahawks or the Denver Broncos after they play in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2. Like the rest of his teammates, Harvin never has played in a Super Bowl.

Unlike the rest of his teammates, Harvin hasn’t played much this season. He had hip surgery on Aug. 1, which limited him to one regular-season game. He returned for the divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints, only to get a concussion that kept him out of Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers.

But when on the field, Harvin has been a factor. In that one regular-season game against the Vikings, the team that traded him to the Seahawks in March, Harvin returned a kickoff 58 yards and made a falling grab of a pass for a 17-yard reception. Against the Saints, he caught a team-high three passes and also had a nine-yard run.

“It’s all been a rollercoaster,” Harvin said. “But it’s all been a blessing. I wouldn’t take anything back that’s happened this year. It’s made me a stronger person. It’s definitely been frustrating for a lot of people. Not only myself, but for my teammates. Doug (Baldwin), some of the guys who play my position, coming in and out, not knowing whether I’m going to be at practice. So it was definitely frustrating.

“But it’s all over with now and we get a chance to play for the Super Bowl.”

Every time a teammate or coach has been asked about the possibility of Harvin returning, the first thing they’ve said is how happy they would be for Harvin, because they know how hard he has worked to get back and how much he wants it.

“I can’t even put it in words,” Harvin said when asked what their support has meant to him. “Guys like Richard Sherman; Kam (Chancellor), being from my area (Virginia), he came and talked to me a bunch of times. It was things like that – hearing that from my teammates, the coaches, just the people upstairs – just hearing it from everybody, just giving me love, it just kept me pushing and kept me pushing.

“I’m very grateful for my teammates. Words can’t express how much those guys have been there for me.”

And now, it appears Harvin will be there for them in the biggest game of the year – and their collective careers.     

INJURY REPORT: BRANDON MEBANE PRACTICES ON LIMITED BASIS

STAT DU JOUR: IN THE LONG RUN, IT’S DOUG BALDWIN

In addition to catching six passes for 106 yards in the NFC Championship game, Doug Baldwin also broke the second-longest kickoff return in franchise playoff history:

Player, opponent (date) Yards
Charlie Rogers, Dolphins (Jan. 9, 2000) 85
Doug Baldwin, 49ers (Jan. 19, 2014) 69
Leon Washington, Bears (Jan. 16, 2011)  62
Zach Dixon, Dolphins (Dec. 31, 1983) 59

Note: Rogers’ return was the only one that went for touchdown.

The official injury report, as issued by the team:

Did not practice
WR Doug Baldwin (hip)
RB Marshawn Lynch (knee)

Limited participation
NT Brandon Mebane (ankle)

Full participation
WR Percy Harvin (concussion)

The only change was that Mebane was limited, after sitting out Wednesday. Jermaine Kearse again filled in for Baldwin, while Robert Turbin and Christine Michael split the carries in Lynch’s absence.

For the Broncos:
Did not practice
K Matt Prater (illness)
DT Mitch Unrein (knee)

Limited in practice
DT Sione Fua (calf)
RB Knowshon Moreno (ribs)

YOU DON'T SAY

“With such a strong back, a sleek-footed back, a quick back and somebody his size – you have to gang tackle.”

Broncos safety David Burton, on Marshawn Lynch

Full participation
CB Tony Carter (shoulder)
TE Joel Dreessen (knee)
DT Terrance Knighton (knee)
OG Chris Kuper (ankle)
QB Peyton Manning (ankle)
CB Kayvon Webster (thumb)

OPPONENT WATCH: NO. 94. OR “POT ROAST”

We’re talking Terrance Knighton, the Broncos’ 335-pound nose tackle. But this week, a couple of Seahawks have referred to him by his uniform number (94), while Broncos safety Mike Adams called him by his nickname – “Pot Roast.”

But what followed was nothing but praise for how disruptive Knighton has been.

“Their defensive is very strong,” Seahawks QB Russell Wilson said. “You think about No. 94. He’s Knighton, I think that’s how you say it. He’s just a very physical football player. He causes havoc. And he can do a lot of things, and the same with the rest of their guys.”

Offered Adams when asked about Knighton by the media in Denver: “He’s got a lot personality, I’ll tell you that much. When he came in, him and ‘Vic’ (defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson) they were monsters together. I thought they were just beasts in there. Then when ‘Vic’ got injured, I thought (Knighton) stepped his game up to a whole other level. He took the D-line by storm and said, ‘You know what? I’ve got this.’ At times in the game, he’ll say, ‘Mike, come here. Don’t worry about nothing. Don’t worry about the run. Just stay back there, take care of the pass and I’ll take care of the run.”

It’s been more than just talk by Knighton, who signed with the Broncos during the offseason after playing four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In Denver’s two postseason games, the Broncos have allowed an average of 64.5 rushing yards. The Seahawks are averaging 144.5, led by Marshawn Lynch, the postseason’s leading rusher.

But “Pot Roast?” As Knighton put it after Sunday’s AFC Championship game, “When I first signed here, I tried to get rid of that name. I’m going to embrace it. The fans like it. I like it. It’s cool.”

UP NEXT: “NO REPEAT FRIDAY”

The players will practice again on Friday and then have Saturday off. Sunday, the team will fly to Newark, where they will continue to prepare next week for the Super Bowl.

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