Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin has been practicing in recent days and appears to be ready to go for Saturday’s divisional round playoff game against the New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field.
Harvin has only played in one game this season, on November 17th against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings, after injuring his hip before the season. He caught one pass for 17 yards.
According to several of his teammates, Harvin has looked close to the explosive wide receiver he was at times – when not injured – for the Vikings from 2009 to 2012, via the Seattle Times’ Joshua Mayers.
“He looks unbelievable so far,” said quarterback Russell Wilson.
“We saw a glimpse when he wasn’t even healthy against Minnesota,” fellow wide receiever Golden Tate said. “He’s definitely going to open things up for a lot of us, I think.”
“If he gets a step on you,” cornerback Richard Sherman said, “there is no coming back from that.”
While the Saints rank 2nd in the NFL against the pass (194.1 yards per game) – Seattle ranks first (172.0) – they were gashed by Wilson for 310 yards and three touchdowns on 22-of-30 passing without a healthy Harvin in the lineup in the Seahawks 34-7 Week 13 thrashing of New Orleans.
If Harvin is anything like his former self, the job just got a little more difficult for the Saints.