The Seahawks announced on Thursday the players it was placing on the Physically Unable to Perform list prior to the beginning of training camp, and one name on there was a big, potentially expensive surprise.
That would be Percy Harvin -- who was acquired by Seattle in exchange for a first-round pick and two other draft selections to the Vikings and who then signed a six-year, $67 million contract with $25.5 million worth of guarantees.
NFL.com writes that Harvin might have suffered a slight labrum tear in his hip and that he'll seek a second opinion next week. For now, it's unclear when Harvin will return to action (though his inclusion on the PUP list would allow him to begin practicing immediately after coming off it).
CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora reports that Harvin has yet to finalize the second opinion on his hip. If surgery is required, as the first doctor recommended, his season is likely over.
Not having Harvin would be a big blow to a Seattle team that's battled with San Francisco all offseason in what has become a massive NFC West arms race.
As good as quarterback Russell Wilson was last season, having a receiver of Harvin's caliber would be outstanding for Seattle. Already, the team boasts Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin. So, it's not like Seattle's receivers suddenly will be awful if Harvin has to miss significant playing time, but getting to the truly elite level would be easier if Harvin was completely healthy.
Which he hasn't been for much of his career. He was placed on injured reserve in December of last year after an ankle injury, and during the first few seasons of his career, Harvin was incapacitated at times because of migraine headaches.
For now, Seattle has to wait and see if that history of injuries will continue with his new team and his new, large contract. And if turns out not so well for Harvin's hip, Seattle general manager John Schneider would be hard-pressed to claim again that the Seahawks trade for Harvin was a “slam dunk.”