Percy Harvin must not come back from his injury before he's 100 percent healthy.
He is one of the NFL's most dynamic offensive players when healthy, and the Seattle Seahawks could use his playmaking abilities right now. But rushing him back before he's absolutely, positively ready to play would doom this team's Super Bowl hopes.
Alhough the Seahawks enter the second half of the season with an NFC-best record of 7-1, the offense has been less than impressive.
Ranking No. 15 in the league in total yardage per game, the Seahawks rely on a punishing rushing attack to get the job done. Meanwhile, Russell Wilson leads the league's No. 28-ranked passing attack, averaging just 199 yards per game.
During that contest in St. Louis, the Rams outmatched Seattle's offensive line on both running and passing plays. Marshawn Lynch was stymied to the tune of 23 rushing yards, and Wilson passed for just 139 yards while getting sacked seven times.
WR Sidney Rice has been placed on injured reserve & WR Ricardo Lockette has been signed to the active roster from the practice squad.— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) October 30, 2013
Seattle was lucky to get out with a win, and you have to believe that a team that featured a quarterback other than Kellen Clemens would have figured out a way to finish the job against the obviously wounded Seahawks.
The Seahawks don't currently feature a go-to receiver.
However, against a playoff-caliber team with an explosive offense like the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints or even the San Francisco 49ers (in San Francisco, of course), this limited offensive attack of Seattle will not be sufficient to win.
Especially in a scenario like we saw against St. Louis, where Lynch and the team's running game weren't functioning properly.
Needless to say, adding one of the league's most exhilarating playmakers to the starting lineup would go a long way toward improving this lack of offensive firepower.
He's going to be a huge part of what Seattle does on offense heading into late November and into the final playoff push.
After Harvin was cleared for practice recently, head coach Pete Carroll told reporters Harvin would be sitting out Wednesday's practice to spend time with the "rehab guys," as the Seahawks noted on Twitter:Harvin should be good to go at some point in the future.
But if he's rushed back into action and aggravates his hip injury, then the Seahawks will be in trouble on offense going up against the top teams in the NFC come playoff time.
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