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Archives: July 2013

July
31st

Receiver group ready to step up with Harvin out

The receiver group for the Seattle Seahawks was front and center a day after the Percy Harvin announced that he would have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip, likely making him unavailable for a large chunk of the 2013 season.

While acknowledging the unfortunate loss of Harvin for a majority of the season, receivers Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin said Seattle’s offense still will not miss a beat once the regular season begins in September.

“I hate to say it, but Sidney (Rice) was dealing with injuries my rookie season, and we were able to go forward without him, Baldwin said. “Percy wasn’t here last year. So we still have depth. We have guys on this team that haven’t even had a chance to play football yet on Sundays, and they’re more than capable of filling in too, if we need them as well.”

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July
31st

A few minutes with Benson Mayowa

One of the early surprises of training camp has been the impressive play of undrafted rookie free agent “Leo” defensive end Benson Mayowa.

Mayowa first caught the attention of the Seahawks’ personnel department at the NFL regional scouting combine held at the team’s facility in March, where he ran a 4.65-second, 40-yard dash and posted a vertical jump of 38 inches at 6-3 and 252 pounds.

“He’s done a really cool job at this camp,” Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s shown an unusual knack for rushing the passer, and so far he’s been very impressive. We don’t know what that means yet, we haven’t gotten him in enough live situations, but every day he’s come up with a play of some sort to gain some recognition.

“We’re kind of hopeful to see what this means. He’s in the body type where he’s just 240 pounds, real fast, kind of lean. He’s a Sam/Leo type of guy like O’Brien Schofield. He’s shown special pass rushing ability.”

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July
31st

Morning links: Reaction to Harvin’s surgery

Injured Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) walks off the field following NFL football training camp on Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Renton, Wash. Harvin will get a second opinion on his sore hip next week in New York, and Seattle coach Pete Carroll says all options remain for how the injury is handled. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Injured Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) walks off the field following NFL football training camp on Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Renton, Wash. Harvin will get a second opinion on his sore hip next week in New York, and Seattle coach Pete Carroll says all options remain for how the injury is handled. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated writes that losing Percy Harvin for a large chunk of the 2013 season is a significant blow, but not something that the Seattle Seahawks can overcome this season.

Burke points to the fact that Seattle’s offense from 2012 essentially comes back in tact to start the upcoming season, and more of an emphasis will be on Sidney Rice, the team’s leading receiver from last season, to make plays.

“(T)he Seahawks essentially are back to their 2012 starting lineup everywhere else on offense. That’s the same group that averaged a staggering 42.5 points over the Seahawks’ final four regular-season games and came within one defensive stop of advancing to the NFC title game.

In other words, the sky is not quite falling in Seattle.

If anything, the Seahawks are no doubt feeling more frustration than desolation right now. They gambled on Harvin earlier this offseason, and now have to be having at least some second thoughts.

Harvin could erase those doubts by returning late in 2013 and proving to be the game-changing player Seattle thought it had acquired. Still, even if he cannot do that, even if he’s slow to come back and misses all of 2013, this is still a Seahawks team capable of contending in the NFC.”

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July
30th

The low down on Harvin’s decision to have hip surgery

By now unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you’ve heard the news that Percy Harvin has opted to have surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his hip, as he announced on Twitter earlier today.

The Seahawks later confirmed this report, and the surgery is expected to take place on Thursday.

Dr. Bryan Kelly, who recommended surgery after examining Harvin today, will perform the surgery.
No official timetable has been given for Harvin’s return for action. But a typical recovery time for this type of injury is 16 weeks, and it’s expected that Harvin will return in time to contribute during the second half of the season.

Specifically, even though Harvin’s decision to have surgery affects Seattle’s depth at the receiver, the team does have a few things working in their favor.

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July
30th

Schofield ready to contribute; the Konz is back

Notified that the team was cutting him as he began to take the field for the first day of Arizona’s training camp, you can’t blame new Seattle Seahawks’ edge rusher O’Brien Schofield for holding a little animosity for his former team.

Schofield was let go by Arizona after the team signed veteran pass rusher John Abraham last week. The Seahawks claimed Schofield off of waivers.

“It was a rough process,” Schofield said. “I definitely didn’t think that something like that would happen to me, but the fact that it did and I get picked up as soon as I did by a division rival, it makes me happy that I get a chance to see Arizona two times a year.”

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July
30th

No news yet on Harvin’s hip injury; Rice travels to Switzerland for procedure on knee

The Seattle Seahawks’ projected starting receiving duo of Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice both were not in attendance at this mornings practice, the fifth day of training camp.

Harvin, of course, is in New York getting a second opinion on his injured hip today.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said the team has no news report on the status of Harvin’s injury.

“We don’t know any more information yet,” Carroll said. “But we continue to progress with this simple thought that we’re going to do whatever we need to do to help Percy be right, whatever that is. We’ll support the doctor’s findings and all that stuff. They’re working it out now, and we should here more in the next day. But at this point we’re just going to help him get right, and whatever time frame is, we’ll figure that out when we have all the information in.”

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July
30th

Morning links: Unheralded youngsters making plays

Seattle Seahawks' Derrick Coleman in action Monday, June 3, 2013, at an NFL football organized team activity in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Seahawks’ Derrick Coleman in action Monday, June 3, 2013, at an NFL football organized team activity in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Dave Boling of The News Tribune provides some names on the back end of the roster making waves on the first day of camp. They include receivers Jermaine Kearse and Stephen Williams, cornerback Jeremy Lane, tight end Sean McGrath, offensive linemen Michael Bowie and Alvin Bailey, defensive lineman Jaye Howard and running back Derrick Coleman.

Boling: “With top-quality depth at almost every position, it’s going to be hard for some of these guys to stay with the Seahawks. If nothing else, though, the competition is going to keep starters on their toes and make the exhibition games more interesting and relevant.

Stephen Williams, for instance, has stood above some other unknowns, as a 6-foot-5 receiver who has come up with some leaping, acrobatic grabs against a Seahawks secondary group that gives up nothing easy.

Williams had back and Achilles problems while with the Cardinals and was picked up as a free agent by the Seahawks in January.”

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July
29th

Schneider on Harvin’s hip injury: “We’re prepared either way.”

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider went on Sirius XM Radio this morning to discuss Percy Harvin’s injury situation with Rich Gannon and Bruce Murray, which you can listen to here.

Schneider basically reiterated what Pete Carroll told reporters on Saturday – that team is taking a wait-and-see approach to Harvin’s hip issue.

“He came and he had a little bit of an issue that he discussed with our doctors,” Schneider said. “He has some soreness. He’s going to see a doctor in New York tomorrow. And we’ll have much more information at that point.”

Harvin reportedly has a slightly torn labrum in his hip, and Schneider said the team won’t know a prognosis or recovery time until after the receiver gets a second opinion on the injury, which could ultimately require surgery.

“It’s really a huge, huge spectrum, quite honestly,” Schneider said. “It could be something where he’s out practicing in a week-ish, or it could be something like Coach Carroll is talking about where they do advise surgery. And then depending on how they evaluate the situation, that’s dependent on how much time he would miss.”

So if Harvin is unavailable for a significant period of time, who will pick up the slack?

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