The Seahawks newest prize possession, WR Percy Harvin, will have hip surgery and is now projected to miss 3-4 months. Harvin is an electrifying option in the return game, and also at the WR position, but he's the kind of game changer that affects the team in so many more ways. He lines up outside, in the slot, and sometimes even in the backfield, and with his speed and athleticism he's a threat to take it the distance any time he touches the ball.
However, Harvin has been anything but durable over the course of his first four years in the league. he's played 16 games only once, played only 9 last year, and he's always been nicked up or bothered by various ailments. Now, entering his fifth season, he may not be ready until October or November.
Harvin was essentially the Seahawks' first round pick this year, as Seattle sent their #1 to Minnesota in a trade for the talented young WR. He was going to stabilize a receiving corps that features the oft-injured Sidney Rice and the inconsistent young Golden Tate. Additionally, he was going to be part of an explosive offense that already features phenom QB Russell Wilson and the bulldozing Marshawn Lynch at RB. Now, Seattle will have to wait and see if Harvin can come back healthy late in the year, hopefully just in time for a late playoff push.
I suppose we won't know until November, and Seattle will likely push on without him, especially if Tate can take another step forward (I think he can), but NFC West defensive coordinators will sleep a little easier in September knowing that they won't have to face a lineup that includes Wilson, Lynch, and Harvin... at least not yet.
Get well soon Percy!