The Seattle Seahawks are the best team in football, they’re in line to win both their division and home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs this weekend and they’re doing it all without Percy Harvin and, to a large extent, Brandon Browner. This is a trend that is going to continue on Sunday when the Seahawks travel to Candlestick Park to take on the San Francisco 49ers.
According to ProFootballTalk, both Harvin and Browner have been ruled out already for Sunday’s big game. This shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise as the Seahawks have been monitoring the progress and status of Harvin, who didn’t practice this week and hasn’t played since the Seahawks played the Minnesota Vikings a few weeks back.
Browner has been banged up all season long and more importantly is in the midst of fighting a season-long ban for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. That’s not the reason he’s sitting though, as the Seattle cornerback has been trying to heal his groin and even went as far as practicing earlier this week before being ruled out for Sunday.
The question of how big a blow their absence will be isn’t one we’re asking ourselves. Even without a weapon like Harvin and a beast like Browner, the Seahawks still outman and outgun the 49ers. Even if they lose, Seattle owns a two game lead on everyone in the NFC playoff race, a lead that can be only cut to one thanks to the Saints-Panthers game on Sunday night.
So while the Seahawks would love to have Harvin and Browner back, there’s no rush to get them back on the field before the postseason. Besides, if things go right for Seattle Sunday, Harvin and Browner won’t be the only Seahawks sitting out next Sunday.