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News, notes, quotes and video: Harvin hits the practice field

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Jan. 2, 2014 at 4:34 pm with 46 Comments »
January 2, 2014 4:34 pm
Percy Harvin was at practice Thursday. / AP photo
Percy Harvin was at practice Thursday. / AP photo

As you can see, Percy Harvin was back at practice Thursday.

Harvin wasn’t made available to talk Thursday, but Russell Wilson was. Here’s some video of Wilson:

Wilson said he threw with Harvin on Monday, as ESPN’s Ed Werder reported.

“To see Percy Harvin out there is exciting,” Wilson said. “If we can get Percy Harvin back, like I said earlier in the year, he’s one of the best players in the National Football League and he has been for the past four or five years. To get him back out on the field you can sense his ability. Just having him out there, I’m happy for him, man. I really hope he can play in the playoffs. I hope he can get out there and get that feeling again, being a big-time football player like he has always has been. We’re excited if that’s the case.”

Wilson said he threw with Harvin for 15 minutes Monday.

“He’s ready to go, I think. But we’ll see,” Wilson said. “You’ve got to listen to the trainers and coach Carroll, how he’s feeling. That just adds another element to our game. If we can add Percy Harvin, he’s explosive as can be. He has a great knack for the game and is physical.”

Wilson was asked how he thinks Harvin has worked through the rehab process.

“He’s done a tremendous job of keeping his head up,” Wilson said. “We want him at 100 percent. Whenever he’s ready to go, we want Percy Harvin to be ready to go. If he is? Man, that’s something else.”

Some other quick notes:

> Richard Sherman says he feels fine after the end zone collision last week. There is a percolating debate about who owes who money after the collision. Naturally, Earl Thomas claims Sherman owes him. Sherman sees it the other way.

> Sherman and Wilson each said they are using the week to sharpen small things and keep getting better. Wilson said he’ll be watching this weekend’s games from an analytical perspective as opposed to a fan perspective. Sherman said he’ll watch some.

> Sherman said everyone doing their job has helped the defense get things together since the bye week. No one has scored more than 19 points against Seattle since then. Three teams didn’t make it into double figures.

Here’s some video of Sherman:

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  1. DreadHawks says:

    RW seems a bit more animated bordering on giddy. Hmmm, something is afoot at the VMAC me thinks.

  2. Thanks for the great updates as always Todd!!

  3. Good update Todd.

    I am cautiously optimistic about Harvin playing in the play-offs.

  4. raymaines says:

    To heck with that “cautiously optimistic” stuff. I’m wildly, crazy, head over heels optimistic about what’s going to happen to the poor, pitiful fools that come to Seattle and face the Harvinator.

  5. Southendzone says:

    Getting psyched up now after seeing those 2 Q&A sessions.

    You hear people talk about the best sports day or weekend of the year, a lot of folks say its the Final Four, MLB playoffs, MLB opening day or whatnot.

    For me there’s no question, it’s the first 2 weeks of NFL playoffs, love getting 4 games each weekend with 2 Saturday games.

  6. twillis says:

    Please, please, please, all I want is to not see Harvin’s name in any section but the “full participant in practice” section for the reset of the playoffs and SB…

  7. raymaines says:

    I think the Final Four and the World Series have lost most of their luster, and unless your team is in the Superbowl it’s not all that great either. The next two weekends really are the best.

  8. fingers crossed. he’ll help us just by being on the field. and, i bet if he does play, he’ll do something big in a crucial moment.

    here’s hoping it happens.

  9. The SuperBowl would be better if the just dumped the overhyped CRAPPY halftime show that usually changes the complexion of the game. HATE the worthless crap we get.

  10. montanamike2 says:

    I’m not a fan of the half time show either.

  11. JZombie says:

    Haven’t really been into the last few SB halftime shows. I would have figured they’d at least go with Bruce Springsteen for this one, it’d be fitting for the location.

  12. off-topic — but thoughts on the huge contract extension Cutler signed today? my first reaction was that it is way too much $ for a guy with Cutler’s limited success in the post-season and pretty average QB numbers ( — though I do think Cutler’s play last year exceeded his QB rating. but my second thought was that quality QB’s are so rare and difficult to find, that you hang onto them when you’ve got one.

    just underscores the short-term financial bargain we’re getting right now – assuming he keeps playing at this level, RW is going to get paid a bundle when the time comes.

  13. montanamike2 says:

    Agreed pdway, cutler’s deal is ridiculous for what he’s accomplished.

  14. RDPoulsbo says:

    This is like a big foot sighting. Notice that AP photo obscures the face a bit, so this could be a hoax. Is it the real thing or just a guy in a 11 jersey?

    Seriously, it would be great to have him 9 days, even if it’s just a few touches and more being a decoy to get him going.

  15. RDPoulsbo says:

    The problem with Cutler is the Bears were in a tough spot. They weren’t in any position to draft high and Cutler did enough to keep them from rolling the dice on another QB. I know it’s the single most important position I’m the game, but I can’t help thinking the league has started an out of control spiral with pushing a pass first league, QB protection rules and now out of control contacts that take away from the rest of the positions. Less cap room for the guys taking all the injuries seems like it will be to the detriment of the game at some point.

  16. montanamike2 says:

    Decoy is a wrinkle that works for me, less chance for injury too.

  17. “At” practice? Uh, ok. Nuanced wording. Sounds ambiguous to me as to whether PH actually participated in team drills. But then I am one of the conspiracy theorists.

  18. seatowntp says:

    I HOPE that when it comes time for Russell to sign his next contract that he will take into consideration the financial ramifications that it will have on the entire team. I hope that is also true for ET3, Sherm, Bobby Wagner, etc. (I even think that they overpaid for Cam.) One ridiculous contract could completely disrupt the future of this team. I also wonder the timing and Uncle Pete’s long-term plans. Todd, I know you asked PC that question the other day, do you have a sense of what is transpiring long-term?

  19. Seatowntp – I would not count on a lot of financial sacrificing by a player facing a big payday. Remember there is agent who is going to get 10% of the deal, so he won’t want to make any sacrifices either, and he has the ear of the player. While I would love to keep the team intact, realistically these guys should get what they can. A player never knows when an injury will kill his NFL career. Besides, if a player makes a sacrifice for the good of the team, and then the team trades him the next year, it is all for naught.

  20. We hope they all do – for me I am hoping that we can pay them fairly they will stay for decent money

    i.e. if the market is 10-15 mill maybe we can sign them for 12ish still good money but not break the bank money. But we all know that we will be losing some very good players in the near future – lets just hope we keep developing guys like Smith, Maxwell, Bowie, Baldwin etc. Guys who are good and improve to become VERY good!!

  21. nmseafan says:

    I agree that Russell seemed much more upbeat and smiled more than he has in a few weeks in this interview. Perhaps the pressure of the 9ers game (leading up to and during that game and including the wicked hit he took at the beginning of that game) and the loss caused him to overanalyze everything the offense was failing at and he put too much pressure on himself to carry ths offense more since the running game was not happening. Add to that the loss at home to AZ and then the “must win” scenario for the last game and you have stress induced burn out. To me,in his interviews in recent weeks he has looked burnt out and weary from it. Maybe finally winning the division and getting a little bit going on offense in the second half last week plus the possibility of Harvin playing and a more open playbook has rejuvenated him with only 2 games left before the SB.

  22. a more open playbook has ………. explain your definition of this

  23. nmseafan says:

    Due to all the preseason expectation and their great winning record during the season, it’s kind of like a weight was lifted from his back when they finally won the division. Before that it just looked like he wasn’t having any fun anymore.

  24. nmseafan says:

    I’m thinking HArvin will open up the playbook some more and they might have being holding some things back during the regular season.

  25. nmseafan says:

    been holding

  26. But open up how – go deep more often? They have attempted that a lot recently – only connected on a few.

    More razzle dazzle? I don’t think we will see that under this staff – some yes – bunches no way

    They will try and run – but what I am hoping for is that we just take advantage of whatever they give us, whether it be running, short passing, going deep – whatever it is take it and execute it well.

  27. nmseafan says:

    I hope they do too. But I am wondering if we might see a flea-flicker type play or an end around some scree passes stuff we haven’t seen much of or at all this season.

  28. nmseafan says:

    I think their play calling got a bit predictable at times. Especially the run on first and second down and then the pass when defenses were ready for it. Maybe they can come out and pass first to open up the run instead of vice versa.

  29. What Harvin’s presence does is demand attention from the defense. That in turn opens things up for everyone else. Lynch, Tate, Miller and Baldwin will all get an easier go of things with a full strength Harvin in the game. It’s not the playbook that opens up, it’s the field that opens up as the defense is forced to spread out and account for this guy.

  30. Ewalters7354 says:

    IMO I think they will continue to try and run the ball down opponents throats.Pete is really committed to running and I don’t think he backs off it.He even said it in his presser following Sunday’s win.Run the ball,play tough D,and throw deep like always.

    That’s what got the Hawks to this 13-3 record whether it worked well at times or not.

  31. Ewalters7354 says:

    And with this D playing at the level they are,it’s gonna give pretty much any offense trouble.Alot has been said about how they can’t hold a lead,but if the offense can help them out,the Hawks will be playing in February.

  32. nmseafan says:

    Very true. All things considered I think it bodes well that Russell seems to have a spark of energy again in his demeanor.

  33. chuck_easton says:

    Not that I want to further the conspiracy, but just went over to and looked at the photos of today’s practice. The first picture is Harvin running with the ball. That is good to see. But there aren’t any other players around him.

    Then there are a bunch of pictures of the offence going up against the defense with several pictures of guys not wearing #11 catching balls.

    The last picture is of the starting offence against the starting defense. In the background you see #11 and #15 standing beside each other with their helmets off.

    Just sayin

  34. Funny how we are a “running team” but have a hard time establishing the run lately – Partially because they don’t fear the WR’s but still OAKLAND could run all day when Cable was coach and that line wasn’t very good

  35. chuck_easton says:

    Focus on Harvin from says Harvin was extremely limited in practice which basically consisted of him running routes against air with no defenders. He then sat out all the team drills.

    Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves here.

  36. Todd Dybas says:


    We’re not allowed to write what happens during practice, hence saying Harvin was “at” practice. Photographers and videographers are allowed onto the field for only the first 15 minutes of practice (they usually have them leave sooner), which is warmups. So, what photos and/or videos show is just warmups, other than

    In their case, the team’s website is not going to run a photograph that would indicate an answer to anything in question, good or bad.

    So, I’d advise you to go easy with the conspiracies.

    — Todd

  37. Haha, chuck, I did the exact same thing as you, with the same conclusion. Looking for the puff of smoke from the grassy knoll.

  38. RDPoulsbo says:

    I don’t think there’d be much razzle dazzle, but a few hot read wrinkles like Marshawn and Harvin in the backfield, and if they stack 7 or 8, motion one out for a bubble screen. Put Harvin out wide and check for man or zone coverage. If it’s man, quick slant and see if he can beat it for huge YAC. Small pre-snap things like that, which aren’t immediately apparent to the casual viewer.

  39. RDPoulsbo says:

    Todd, so you can’t confirm or deny that this was a photo of Harvin or bigfoot?

  40. chuck_easton says:


    Well the guy wearing the #11 jersey in the picture looks kinda smallest and not very hairy. I think we can rule out Bigfoot. Beyond that speculate away.

    And Todd, I know you can’t say anything you may or may not have seen. I, on the other hand, as a former cop and current Lawyer am trained to look at photos and come to conclusions. My conclusion is there was nothing in any picture that would lead me to believe that if the game where to be played tomorrow we would be seeing much of #11.

    That being said, there is still tomorrow’s practice and three practices next week in which my observations could dramatically change.

    Just trying to present the possibility that until we actually see #11 on the field and in uniform come the 11th of January it is not a foregone conclusion that he will be playing.

    But the simple fact he is at the first team practice in several weeks is a step in the right direction.

  41. Wildcard Win Probabilities:
    .39 KC@IND .61
    .48 NO@PHI .52
    .26 SD@CIN .74
    .53 SF@GB .47

  42. Anyone know when practice is on Friday?

    KLM the 2 NFC games are closer than I thought they would be?

  43. Todd Dybas says:


    Friday’s practice starts at 1:30 p.m. and should conclude around 3:15.

    — Todd

  44. xcman – those numbers come from Advanced Stats, as published in NYTs:

    Whenever the numbers are that close there isn’t much correlation between having the better probable win number and actually getting the win. Stats wise, the 2 NFC games can go either way. When the numbers are as far apart as the 2 AFC games, its much more common for the team with the better number to get the win. Not always, but usually.

  45. jawpeace says:

    Back home with internet again! Just read that Sherm and ET made the all pro team. I don’t know if that is old news around here but I thought I share it.

  46. jawpeace says:

    “According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the bad forecast for Green Bay’s game against the 49ers got worse. According to AccuWeather, the high will be minus-five degrees, the low will be minus-20 and the wind chill will be … MINUS-51 DEGREES.”
    I guess that they were having trouble selling out the game. They should offer discounted hot drinks (like for only $2.00) for fans who come and support their team in that weather. Hope the Whiners freeze.

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