The Seahawks' offseason momentum almost come to a halt yesterday, after Parcy Harvin announced he was going to have his torn hip labrum surgically repaired, which normally takes from 12-16 weeks to fully heal.
It also marks yet another injury for the injury-riddled receiver the Seahawks traded their first, third and seventh round picks to the Minnesota Vikings for in March, and awarded him a five-year contract extension that included $25.5 million in guarantees.
The Seahawks still have Sidney Rice, Golden Tate, and Doug Baldwin to target this season, which isn't a step above or beneath last season's targets for starting quarterback Russell Wilson.
They also made enough moves in the offseason on both offense and defense to still contend in the NFC West. The Seahawks can also make a call to any of the numerously unsigned veteran free agent receivers, should they need to further stock up on reliable hands.
The 49ers were in a close race up to the final week with the Seahawks last season, well before they considered trading for Harvin, so the evidence shows they can contend still given the offseason additions and improvements to their roster.
The Seahawks may also bring Harvin back before the season ends, should they place him on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, from which players now can be activated anytime between Week 7 and Week 15 under revised rules.
Harvin reached out to fans on twitter saying, "When everything is going good sometimes life throw u a curve ball... sorry to half to report that my injury will require surgery."
He futher acknowledged the fans, "Nobody was more anxious and excited about season than me....but I will be back strong as ever..I appreciate all the love and prayers 12th man."
Head coach Pete Carroll has stated he would sit Harvin, even if he were to return or be ready before the end of next season, though if ready to go with any games remaining including the playoffs, expect the Seahawks to activate him before the season ends, IF they place him on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.
Regardless, Harvin's injury is not the end of the world for a Seahawks team that nearly missed winning the NFC West title without his services.