Oct 25, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Leonard Johnson (29) breaks up a pass intended for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin (12) during the second quarter at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Percy Harvin is looking good in his return from an offseason hip injury, and it is now very likely that the former Viking will make his season debut with the Seahawks this weekend against…the Vikings.
The Seahawks have been in no rush to get Harvin back on the field, despite giving up several draft picks and a boatload of money to acquire the receiver and lock him in. You can afford to be patient when you’re 9-1 and leading the race for the #1 overall seed in the NFC.
Harvin dodged a bullet by not requiring surgery on his hip. He has been making steady progress in his rehab and has now reached the point where he is able to practice and probably get some reps in live game action. What a lovely coincidence that Harvin should get back to game shape the very same week Seattle faces the team that traded him away.
Does Harvin bear a grudge against the Vikings? He won’t say so publicly, but I have to believe there is at least a little ill-feeling there. Things didn’t exactly end on a good note between Harvin and the organization that drafted him. Harvin reportedly clashed with coaches after his season-ending ankle injury last year, and there’s no doubt in my mind that the Vikings’ front office was responsible for leaking certain unflattering reports about Harvin’s character in the weeks leading up to the trade.
So yeah, Harvin is probably feeling extra-motivated this week. He has probably had this weekend circled on his calendar all along. Harvin wants to stick it to the team that decided they didn’t need him, and went out of its way to convince fans he was a locker room cancer who needed to be sent packing.
This would probably be a good weekend to add Harvin to your fantasy squad, is what I’m trying to say.