Wednesday in Hawkville: Percy Harvin, and all that he brings, returns to practice

Posted Jan 22, 2014

When the Seahawks began practicing for their Super Bowl matchup against the Denver Broncos, the multi-talented Percy Harvin was back on the field after missing the NFC title game because of a concussion.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Jan. 22, when the Seahawks began practicing for their Feb. 2 matchup against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII:


The last time we saw Percy Harvin, the multi-talented receiver/returner/runner was being slammed into by the New Orleans Saints in the Seahawks’ wild-card playoff game. Harvin received a concussion, which prevented him from participating in the NFC Championship game.

But Harvin has been cleared to return to practice, which he did Wednesday.

“He looked fine,” offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said after practice. “We just evaluate him through today and see what kind of progress he can make.”

Harvin had hip surgery on Aug. 1, which limited him to one regular-season game – when he returned a kickoff 58 yards and also tipped a pass with one hand that he controlled while falling to the turf for a 17-yard reception. Harvin returned for the playoff opener, catching a team-high three passes for 21 yards and also running for 9 yards before being knocked out of the game in the second quarter.

That handful of plays in Harvin’s cameo appearances give a glimpse of what the Denver Broncos will have to deal with in the Super Bowl if Harvin is able to play.

Bevell was asked if any of his season-long answers have changed regarding how Harvin will blend in once he is able to play. He laughed and then said, “We’d love to have him. We’re ready if he’s in there. You’ve seen what we can do. So we’re excited if indeed that ends up happening for us.”

Like Harvin’s teammates, Bevell would be most happy for Harvin if he does return for the biggest game of the season.

“It’s pretty cool for him,” Bevell said. “He’s worked really hard. He’s just had some real unfortunate things happen to him this season. Everybody on the team, all the coaches, it’s obvious when he’s on the field the impact he can have on a game. So we want to give him every opportunity and I’m sure he wants it as well.” 



Marshawn Lynch is the NFL’s leading rusher during the postseason with 249 rushing yards, but the Seahawks’ Beast Mode back also is working his way up the franchise’s all-time lists in only his fourth season with the team:

Rushing attempts
Player (seasons)  Total
Shaun Alexander (2000-07) 2,176
Curt Warner (1983-89) 1,649
Chris Warren (1990-97) 1,559
John L. Williams (1986-93) 1,148
Marshawn Lynch (2010-13) 1,066

Rushing yards
Player (seasons)  Total
Shaun Alexander (2000-07) 9,429
Chris Warren (1990-97) 6,706
Curt Warner (1983-89)  6,705
Marshawn Lynch (2010-13) 4,624
John L. Williams (1986-93)  4,579

Rushing touchdowns
Player (seasons)  No.
Shaun Alexander (2000-07) 100
Curt Warner (1983-89)  55
Chris Warren (1990-97)   44
Marshawn Lynch (2010-13) 41
Sherman Smith (1976-82) 28

The official injury report, as issued by the team:

Did not practice
WR Doug Baldwin (hip)
RB Marshawn Lynch (knee)
DT Brandon Mebane (ankle)

Full participation
WR Percy Harvin (concussion)

Jermaine Kearse stepped in at flanker for Baldwin; Robert Turbin and Christine Michael split the reps at running back with Lynch out; and Clinton McDonald filled in at nose tackle for Mebane.

For the Broncos:

This report is an estimation, because the Broncos did not practice Wednesday:

Did not practice
DT Mitch Unrein (knee)

Limited in practice
RB Knowshon Moreno (ribs)

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)


The Seahawks are using their bye-week practices to install the game plan for the Broncos and then will refine it during their practices in New Jersey next week.

“We’re preparing this week so far like it’s game week this Sunday,” Bevell said. “So we had an install today, we’re going to install tomorrow, we’ll install the next day. So they’ll have the bulk of the game plan done by the time we leave. There still will be some changes, some little nuances we want to fix or things that we look out here and say, ‘Ah, let’s change that up a bit.’ Maybe add a play or two next week.

“But for the most part, the bulk of the game plan will be done.”


Have we already written too much about Peyton Manning this week? Is it possible to write too much about the Broncos’ prolific quarterback?


“That’s hilarious. Because anytime you label Russell Wilson a villain, it’s got to be a joke.”

All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, when asked about the Super Bowl being dubbed the villains against the virtuous

No, and no, especially when the latest assessment comes from the loquacious Richard Sherman.

“It’s as if he’s an offensive coordinator out there,” the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback said. “At any given time, he can change any play, any protection, any scheme. … With Peyton, he’ll find a weakness in a defense. He’ll attack it in four, five, six different ways. He’ll attack with the curl, the dig; he’ll throw an out to Wes Welker; they’ll attack the out-and-up.

“He finds so many different ways to attack you. So once he finds a crack in the armor, he continues to nick at it until he makes a hole.”


The players will practice again on Thursday, which his “Turnover Thursday” on the coach Pete Carroll calendar. And turnovers can never be stressed enough when it comes to a Carroll-coached team, and especially this Carroll-coached team.

Under Carroll, the Seahawks are 27-4 in games when they win the turnover battle. And during the regular season, the Seahawks led the league in turnovers (39), interceptions (28) and turnover differential (plus-20). The Broncos were even in turnover differential, in part because they lost a league-high 16 fumbles and recovered nine.