Wide receiver Doug Baldwin #89 and wide receiver Percy Harvin #11 of the Seattle Seahawks talk in the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at CenturyLink Field on January 11, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - Despite a season spent largely on the sidelines, Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin is back at practice and feels ready to play against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
"Absolutely. I feel good," Harvin said. "It was good to get back out there with my guys. I don’t think anybody is not feeling good going up to the most prized possession in our profession, the Super Bowl. Everybody is feeling good, we had a good first couple of days of practice and we’re looking forward to competing."
Havin fully participated in practice for the second straight day after being cleared to return to workouts on Wednesday. Harvin suffered a concussion against the New Orleans Saints that forced him to miss last week's NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Harvin has played in just six quarters of action for Seattle this season. 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.
With Seattle advancing to the Super Bowl, it gives Harvin a chance to play in the biggest game of his career.
"It’s been a roller coaster, but it’s all been a blessing. I wouldn’t take anything back that has happened this year. It’s made me a stronger person," Harvin said.
"It was definitely frustrating but like I said it’s all over with now and we get a chance to play for the Super Bowl, so that’s all in the past."
Harvin said the migraine issues he's dealt with in the past had no effect in getting back from the concussion suffered against the Saints. Harvin also added that hip feels fine, though he is still managing aspects of its care.
Harvin didn't get to play against the 49ers, but he still got to experience the joy of knowing he was heading to his first Super Bowl.
"I couldn’t even describe how I felt at that time," Harvin said. "I don’t think anybody could put in words to know that we actually made it to the Super Bowl. It was kind of surreal for me."
Harvin could bring an added dimension to an offense that has sputtered at times over the last several weeks. His mere presence on the field could affect how the Broncos have to match up against Seattle. In the Super Bowl, that presence could make all the difference.
Super Bowl XLVIII Injury Report:
Did Not Participate
DT Mitch Unrein (knee)
K Matt Prater (illness)
RB Knowshon Moreno (ribs)
DT Sione Fua (calf)
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)