Wide receiver Percy Harvin #11 of the Seattle Seahawks runs after a catch against middle linebacker Curtis Lofton #50 of the New Orleans Saints in the second quarter during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at CenturyLink Field on January 11, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - As has been the case for most of the season, the Seattle Seahawks will be without WR Percy Harvin for the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Harvin has been ruled out after failing to progress far enough from the concussion suffered last week against the New Orleans Saints. The league's concussion protocol requires several steps to be taken in order to return. At some point, there is just not enough time left to take the steps necessary to be cleared.
Harvin was not cleared to practice Friday and head coach Pete Carroll confirmed afterward that Harvin would not make it back for the game.
"He will not make it through the doctor's protocol and will not be able to go," Carroll said.
"It's super disappointing for Percy. He wants to play. You could see it. He played his tail off when he had his chance. Just unfortunate circumstances, you know."
Carroll said that Harvin is expected to be able to return to practice next week should Seattle beat the 49ers and earn a trip to their second Super Bowl in franchise history.
Harvin has played in just two of Seattle's 17 games this season. He caught one pass for 17 yards and returned a kickoff 58 yards in his only regular season appearance against the Minnesota Vikings. Harvin caught three passes for 21 yards and had one carry for nine yards last week against the Saints before leaving the game with a concussion in the second quarter.
According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Saints S Rafael Bush was fined $21,000 for the initial hit against Harvin on the third play of the game that forced him to be evaluated for a concussion. Harvin managed to return before a second blow from S Malcolm Jenkins knocked him out of game.
LB K.J. Wright will be available to play after practicing all week with the team. Wright hasn't played since Seattle's last matchup with the 49ers on Dec. 8.
Wright said he still doesn't feel 100-percent but is definitely ready to play and contribute. Although Carroll wouldn't say whether Wright would start, Wright said he doesn't think he'll be starting and expects to play in a reserve role.
LB Malcolm Smith would remain the starter at weakside linebacker in that scenario.
San Francisco 49ers
CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring) - Limited
FB Will Tukuafu (knee) - Limited
LB NaVorro Bowman (wrist) - Full
WR Michael Crabtree (wrist) - Full
RB Frank Gore (knee) - Full
LB Dan Skuta (foot) - Full
LB Ahmad Brooks (illness) - Full
DE Demarcus Dobbs (knee/shoulder) - Full
C Jonathan Goodwin (foot) - Full
DT Justin Smith (shoulder) - Full
WR Percy Harvin (concussion) - DNP
DT Jordan Hill (groin) - Limited
LB K.J. Wright (foot) - Full
RB Marshawn Lynch (non-injury) - Full