Percy Harvin's Absence Wouldn't Be Major Issue Against New Orleans Saints

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 1, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 17:  Wide receiver Percy Harvin #11 of the Seattle Seahawks runs a pass route against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on November 17, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks have done well enough without Percy Harvin for most of the 2013 season. What's one more game?

The veteran wideout has appeared in just one game this year, back in Week 11 against the Minnesota Vikings. However, during that game, he tweaked the same hip that required surgery before the season started, and it could keep him out for the Seahawks' Week 13 matchup with the New Orleans Saints.

Even with an extra week to rest, the hip problem persists, and Harvin has been listed as doubtful for Monday night, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Pete Carroll elaborated on the situation, per's Clare Farnsworth:

We’re going to list him as doubtful right now. We’ll just have to wait. We’ll go all the way to Monday with this and see what happens. He’s just sore, so we don’t want to push it beyond that right now. It’s not worth it. We have to go day-to-day really. That’s the facts. I’ve told you, that’s the only way that we can go right now. It’s just him getting back and making sure he’s balanced in that area so he can handle the workload.

It would be nice to have Harvin as an option when facing a defense ranked fifth against the pass by Football Outsiders. He's an explosive receiver who can also give you something in the return game. The former Florida Gator's home run ability could help to break what might be a close game open.

He brings something that was definitely missing on Seattle's offense last year.

In all likelihood, though, this game will come down to two things for the Seahawks: running the football and stopping Drew Brees. The absence of Harvin will have little effect on either.

The Seattle offense operates at maximum efficiency when Marshawn Lynch is pounding the rock inside and Russell Wilson is complementing the run game.

Wilson isn't the kind of quarterback who excels when throwing the ball 40 or 50 times. Although he does it better, his role is similar to that of Alex Smith's with the Kansas City Chiefs—manage the game and avoid any costly turnovers.

Nov 17, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) passes against the Minnesota Vikings during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

He is only on pace for 3,436 yards passing this year, which, in today's NFL, isn't all that impressive. Rather than being an indictment of Wilson's ability, it's more an indication of where the focus is on this Seahawks team.

Having Harvin on the field is more of a luxury than a necessity.

On the other side of the ball, the Seahawks have one of the best secondaries in the league, even without Brandon Browner. If there's any defense that can give Brees a tough time, it's Seattle's.

This team is 10-1 for a reason. It's one of the most complete units in the league and nearly impossible to beat at home.

As long as Lynch is eating up yards on the ground, and Brees is held relatively in check, nobody will be worrying about Harvin's injury.