SEATTLE – Percy Harvin must have pretty good powers of persuasion.
You don't often see a NFL player take a hard hit, get evaluated for a concussion and then get right back on the field, but that's what happened with Harvin in Saturday's playoff game against New Orleans.
On Seattle's third offensive play, Russell Wilson threw a beautifully thrown ball that Harvin dropped. A split-second after he dropped the ball, Saints safety Rafael Bush unloaded on him, hitting him in the head and drawing an obvious 15-yard personal foul.
Harvin was evaluated for a concussion on the sideline and taken back to the locker room for further tests. He tried arguing with the athletic training staff to avoid the tests, but to no avail. He was obviously frustrated as he left the sideline. And in the concussion-conscious NFL, that almost always means the end of a player's day. And the awareness was probably heightened this week after two players violated concussion protocol in last weekend's playoff games.
But Harvin never even missed a play. He emerged from the Seahawks' locker room during New Orleans' next offensive possession, and stood on the sideline with helmet in hand. He was back in the game on Seattle's next offensive play.
For a while, it looked like Harvin was dealt another tough blow in a hard-luck season. The Seahawks' expensive offseason acquisition played in just one game and caught just one pass all season because of hip surgery shortly after training camp started. He made a surprising return for the playoffs, but it looked like the Bush hit would end his day early.
Luckily for him and the Seahawks, the injury apparently wasn't as bad as it first looked, even though it was a massive (and illegal) hit by Bush.
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