The Seattle Seahawks bet big that Percy Harvin could stay healthy and give them the playmaker they needed in an offense that really needed one.
All they've gotten out of Harvin this season is a few dozen snaps in a couple games, because injuries have limited him. And a concussion will keep Harvin out of Sunday's NFC championship game.
The Seahawks announced Friday that Harvin won't play against the 49ers. That's not a big surprise. He hadn't practiced all week. When Friday came and he still hadn't been cleared to practice, it was pretty clear what the next step would be.
It's a big blow to Seattle. They don't have a lot of weapons in the passing game. The fact that Harvin, who had just one catch in the regular season after coming over from Minnesota in a blockbuster trade this offseason, was such a huge part of the game plan against the Saints upon his return last week was a sign of how thin the Seahawks actually are at receiver. Harvin was hit hard twice, and the second hit just before the end of the first half knocked him out of the game.
It's unclear if Harvin would be available for the Super Bowl, but without him, the Seahawks have quite a challenge to get there.
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