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Percy Harvin is one of the league's more dynamic players due to the variety of ways he can change the outcome of a game, whether as a receiver or as a kick returner.
Yet, his durability is a concern. That was the case during his tenure with the Minnesota Vikings, and it turns out to be the case before even stepping onto the field in a Seahawks uniform.
That is a result of Harvin tearing his hamstring, one that required surgery and will lead to an extended absence in the regular season. Pete Carroll and his staff are hoping Harvin returns around Thanksgiving.
The reality facing the Seahawks is simple. Early on, Seattle can survive the Harvin injury and manage to stay a contender in the NFC. They were capable of becoming one of the league's elite teams last season, and that was without Harvin in the lineup.
With their elite defense improving over the offseason, that gives Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense much more room to work with. Marshawn Lynch will continue to play as one of the league's most productive running backs.
Sidney Rice can emerge as a number one target at times when he's healthy. Meanwhile, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin will continue to grow as they develop chemistry with Wilson.
However, Harvin was brought to Seattle because the franchise needed an explosive player of his caliber when it matters most, which is the postseason.
The actual timetable of Harvin's return remains to be seen. In that period of time, the Seahawks may very well continue to win on a consistent basis and put themselves in a position to win a title.
Yet, winning a title will not be accomplished without Harvin healthy and producing at a high level.