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Seattle thought Early Doucet could help replace Percy Harvin's production. Wrong. Doucet was released for not disclosing an injury. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.
Seattle thought Early Doucet could help replace Percy Harvin's production. Wrong. Doucet was released for not disclosing an injury. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.

The immediate answer is yes. The Seahawks have a big shot at the Super Bowl even with Percy Harvin sidelined for the entire season.

Harvin underwent hip surgery last Thursday that “went very well,” in the words of coach Pete Carroll. The coach also said "there’s a long rehab coming, but we hope to have him with us towards the end of the season.”

Last year’s Seahawks ended the season just a field goal short of a historic NFC championship game. All the young players and rookies that showed immense talent are back with more experience and a greater sense of teamwork. With a rising star at quarterback in Russell Wilson, an incredibly-talented defensive secondary and Marshawn Lynch — arguably the third-best running back in the NFL — the Seahawks have produced a loud hype about their upcoming season. The Harvin trade was supposed to fix the wide receiver position that struggled last year (ranked No. 27 overall). Sure, they lost a game-changer in Harvin but they have valid alternatives that can pick up the slack.

Seattle reacted to Harvin’s loss by acquiring Early Doucet via free agency. The former LSU receiver had a breakout season in 2011 for the Arizona Cardinals, finishing with 54 receptions for 689 yards and five touchdowns. However, he also struggled with a rib injury and concussion problems. Apparently, those issues were lingering ones. The team cut Doucet Wednesday with a "failure to disclose physical condition" tag. 

After returning from a two-day therapeutic excursion in Switzerland, receiver Sidney Rice looks likely to be ready for the first game of the season. He joins Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate as the receivers expected to be difference-makers. After them, there’s room for two or three more. Second-year receiver Jermaine Kearse will probably carve himself a spot on the roster either with the receiving team or helping out on special teams.

The Seahawks have added some quality to their receiving unit, but running will always be the primary source of yards and points. Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson – if they do what they’ve done so far — will carry the majority of the team’s success. Of course, Seattle’s defense is still its greatest strength. 

Percy Harvin is only 25-years-old, which means he still has the potential to have great seasons in the future. The Seahawks have good enough backups to overcome his absence. If the Seahawks overcome Harvin's injury and reach the Super Bowl this year, they have the potential to become the NFL's next dynasty.