Wide receiver Percy Harvin #11 of the Seattle Seahawks is unable to make a catch against cornerback Trevin Wade #30 of the New Orleans Saints but the Saints are called for unnecessary roughness in the first quarter in 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 - The Seattle Seahawks saw the return of WR Percy Harvin to the practice field on Wednesday, indicating he has been cleared to participate after suffering a concussion against the New Orleans Saints.
Harvin was unable to get cleared in time to play for Seattle in the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. However, head coach Pete Carroll said Monday he expected Harvin to make it back to practice soon and Wednesday was the first opportunity to rejoin his teammates on the field. Harvin fully participated in Wednesday's practice.
Harvin has played just six quarters of football this season but appears to be on track to be fully available to play against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2.
"He looks fine," offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. "We'll evaluate him through today and see what kind of progress he can make."
Harvin had to receive clearance from both team doctors and an independent neurologist to return to practice following the concussion suffered against the Saints. Harvin will again need to be cleared by both parties to be able to participate in the game.
"We'd love to have him. We're ready - if he's in there - you've seen what he can do. We're excited if indeed that ends up happening for us."
Harvin missed 15 of 16 regular season games with a hip injury that required surgery on Aug. 1. The hip healed to the point where Harvin could return for Seattle's playoff game against the Saints. But the return was short-lived as Harvin took two big blows from New Orleans defenders and left the game with a concussion late in the second quarter.
It leaves Harvin in a unique scenario of being able to play in a Super Bowl despite not being able to contribute much during the season.
"It's pretty cool for him," Bevell said. "He's worked really hard and he's just had some unfortunate things happen to him this year. Everybody on the team, all the coaches, it's obvious when he's on the field the impact that he can have on a game. We want to give him every opportunity and I'm sure he wants it as well."
WR Doug Baldwin, RB Marshawn Lynch and DT Brandon Mebane all sat out practice for Seattle on Wednesday. None of the three were unexpected as Carroll mentioned Monday they would need some time to heal up this week.
All three are expected to be available to play against the Broncos.
For the Denver Broncos, only DT Mitch Unrein missed practice on Wednesday. Unrein is dealing with a knee injury.
RB Knowshon Moreno was limited with a rib injury suffered against the New England Patriots in last week's AFC Championship game. Everyone else fully participated for the Broncos.
Super Bowl XLVIII Injury Report:
Did Not Participate
DT Mitch Unrein (knee)
RB Knowshon Moreno (ribs)
CB Tony Carter (shoulder)
TE Joel Dreessen (knee)
DT Terrance Knighton (knee)
G Chris Kuper (ankle)
QB Peyton Manning (ankle)
CB Kayvon Webster (thumb)
Did Not Participate
WR Doug Baldwin (hip)
RB Marshawn Lynch (knee)
DT Brandon Mebane (ankle)
WR Percy Harvin (concussion)