Late Tuesday night, Seahawks wideout Percy Harvin, who has already earned $25 million guaranteed from Seattle despite not having played a down there, told the world he would need surgery on his injured hip. The Seahawks confirmed the news and Harvin's expected to miss several months of the season.
"As a professional football player injuries are part of the game. So when a team signs a guy they know they're taking a risk that could happen," Tate said. "Obviously we would be more dangerous with Percy (Harvin), but with or without him I still feel like we have enough playmakers to succeed this year. I think coach Carroll has done a great job of building up this team good enough that if one of the main guys goes down we still have a chance to compete. That being said, we are going to miss him.
"He's a huge playmaker and we had big plans for him in this offense, but we're not going to be weeping without him."
Tate's comments could be perceived as a slight of Harvin because they're both wide receivers, but they shouldn't be. That's because Tate's correct -- the Seahawks will still be plenty successful without Harvin.
They kept a talented core intact from a 2012 playoff team and suffered no real losses this offseason, save for the ACL injury to Chris Clemons against the Redskins in the playoffs last year. The Seahawks will win by playing defense and running the ball -- don't forget they drafted Christine Michael in the second round this year despite already having Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin -- and letting Russell Wilson do Russell Wilson things.
Losing Harvin is a nightmare for Seattle mainly because they ponied up so much this offseason for him. It should significantly cool the hype surrounding the Seahawks heading into 2013. But it probably shouldn't, since they're still very much a formidable force in the NFC.