Why No One Should Be Surprised to See Percy Harvin on the PUP List

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IJuly 25, 2013

The Seattle Seahawks' placement of Percy Harvin on the active/PUP list on Thursday should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the electrifying receiver's football career.

While one of the game's most exciting weapons when on the field, Harvin has always struggled—via a laundry of list of injuries and debilitating migraines—to stay there. 

His latest ailment is certainly troubling, as several media outlets have reported a potentially serious hip injury. 

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Harvin has a "slight tear" in his labrum and is expected to get a second opinion on the injury before proceeding with any kind of treatment. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter called the hip "problematic" while expressing that there is "concern" over the injury. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk took it one step further, stating that surgery—which would almost certainly keep Harvin out for a significant period of time—is a real option. 

The Seahawks will now hope that there's a non-surgical treatment available to get Harvin ready for the 2013 season, especially after what the team gave up for him this offseason.

In March, Seattle sent three draft picks to the Minnesota Vikings—including a first-rounder in April's draft and two in next year's draft—in exchange for the 25-year-old receiver. The Seahawks then re-signed Harvin to a lucrative deal totaling $67 million over six years, including $25.5 million guaranteed. 

Clearly, Seattle made the move with eyes on providing the offense with a dynamic and rare weapon.

Over just nine games last season, Harvin caught 62 passes for 677 yards and three scores, ran 22 times for 96 yards and a score, and totaled 574 yards and another touchdown on kickoff returns. Few in the game are as explosive or versatile. 

However, injuries remain an important part of the Harvin package. 

In college, Harvin missed at least one game in each of his three seasons at Florida. 

As a freshman in 2006, Harvin sat out one game and was limited in several others after suffering a high ankle sprain. The next season, he sat out spring camp because of an Achilles tendon strain and then went on to miss two games due to illness as well as ongoing migraine headaches during the season. He also left another game with a hip pointer. 

His junior year was just as messy on the injury front, as he underwent surgery during the spring to fix a lingering heel issue that eventually limited the start to his 2008 season. Later, a sprained ankle forced Harvin to miss the SEC championship game. 

The migraines have continued into the NFL, but Harvin missed just three games between his rookie season in 2009 and 2011.

While he dealt with nagging injuries to his shoulder, hip, ankle, ribs and hamstring during that time span, nothing serious came along until 2012. 

During a November contest against the Seahawks, Harvin, who was already dealing with a hamstring strain, suffered a serious ankle injury. He ended up missing the final eight games of the season, including the playoffs, after being placed on injured reserve. 

Might the injured reserve be on the horizon again for Harvin?

According to Will Carroll, Bleacher Report's lead writer on sports medicine, surgery for a complete hip labrum tear comes with a recovery period of three to six months. Dave Siebert, a fellow medical analyst at Bleacher Report, stated that labrum injuries rarely heal well without intervention, and frequently require surgery. 

Even a minor surgery would likely hold Harvin out for the start of the 2013 season. 

Of course, the second opinion will be the deciding factor. 

If doctors feel he can rehab the tear without surgery, Harvin should have a chance to come off the active/PUP list and play in Week 1.

If surgery is needed, however, he'll be unlikely to play in the opener and potentially beyond that point. 

Surgery for Harvin would be a big blow to the Seahawks, who have invested precious draft picks and guaranteed money into the dynamic receiver.

Nevertheless, Seattle—and anyone else who has followed Harvin's football career—knew he came complete with past injury concerns. There was always potential for this kind of news.