First, we’re talking about a guy who saw limited action in only one game for a team that’s 10-1. While he clearly is a talented athlete, the Seahawks have a strong receiving corps without him.
Second, don’t panic. The Seahawks insist there is no structural damage to Harvin’s hip. Maybe he returned a little too soon. Maybe the soreness is going to linger the rest of the season. But it doesn’t appear to be a situation where he would need additional surgery of any kind.
The Seahawks want Harvin down the stretch and in the playoffs. Even in a game as important as this one against the 9-2 Saints, the Seahawks won’t play him if there is any chance it could cost them his presence on the field later this season, or for the long term in future seasons.
The good news is everyone else is healthy and will play, with the exception of suspended cornerback Walter Thurmond and cornerback Brandon Browner, who is out with a groin injury while awaiting a final decision from the league on a possible one-year suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
‘‘We are still waiting on what we will do with Browner and what his status will be,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “We should hear by the middle of next week at the latest. That’s what normally would happen.”
Byron Maxwell will start for Thurmond, who was starting for Browner. But Maxwell has played quite a bit this season and is a capable reserve.