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Harvin Returns to Practice

by Corbin Smith
Jan 23, 2014 10:36 AM EST



The Seattle Seahawks welcomed speedy receiver Percy Harvin back to practice on Wednesday after he missed Sunday's NFC Championship game with a concussion. Harvin was a full participant in Seattle's first full practice of the week after finally being cleared to return to action and should be ready to play against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

"He looked fine," Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell commented, "We just evaluate him through today and see what kind of progress he can make."

Bevell also continued to downplay the notion that Harvin's return would change the offense, simply stating, "We'd love to have him. We're ready if he's in there. You've seen what we can do."

Seattle acquired Harvin last March from the Minnesota Vikings for a first round draft choice, but he only played one regular season game after undergoing hip surgery prior to training camp in August. He finished the 2013 regular season with only one catch and a 58 yard kickoff return, and his season looked in jeopardy as recently as three weeks ago when coach Pete Carroll considered placing him on injured reserve. He made a surprise return against the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round, catching three passes for 21 yards and rushing once for nine yards before being knocked out of the game late in the second quarter.

The Seahawks could use a boost offensively against the high-scoring Broncos next weekend, and if Harvin can stay healthy for the entire game, his presence would take pressure off of other receivers like Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate. Denver has suffered several key injuries in the secondary as the season has progressed, including losing cornerback Chris Harris to a torn ACL in the divisional round against the San Diego Chargers, and the Seahawks may look to be more aggressive in the passing game as a result. Adding Harvin to the fold would further complicate defensive game planning for Jack Del Rio's defense, but he has to prove he can stay on the field to make a difference.

Bevell will surely be excited about the prospects of having his quick target back in the lineup, and he hopes that Harvin can overcome "unfortunate things" that have happened to him this season and make a significant impact in the most important game in franchise history.