The Seattle Seahawks will be without one of their top offensive weapons in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game because star wide receiver Percy Harvin has been ruled out with an injury, head coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Friday.
#Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at the podium. Percy Harvin will NOT play—
Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 17, 2014
It’s been a frustrating first season as a Seahawk for Harvin. He appeared in just one regular-season game after battling injuries throughout the year. Carroll doesn’t believe that Harvin’s year is finished, though, and appears to be highly confident in his team’s ability to earn its first Super Bowl berth since 2006.
Carroll with an optimistic view on Harvin (and Sunday’s game): "He’ll be back at practice next week... We’ll be thrilled to have him back."—
Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) January 17, 2014
Harvin suffered a concussion in Seattle’s win over the New Orleans Saints in last week’s NFC divisional-round game and did not return. The former University of Florida receiver was forced out of the Saints matchup twice before exiting for good, and one of the big hits he took has led to punishment from the NFL, per ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Saints S Rafael Bush fined $21,000 for last week's hit on Percy Harvin, league confirms.—
Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 17, 2014
Seattle struggled to pass the ball effectively against New Orleans. Quarterback Russell Wilson threw for just 108 yards in the win, and Doug Baldwin led all Seahawks receivers with two catches for 30 yards. If the 49ers are able to stop Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and force Wilson to throw the ball often, it might be difficult for Seattle to score without a go-to receiver in the passing game.