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Percy Harvin takes vicious head shot from Rafael Bush (GIF)

Percy-Harvin-head-shotPercy Harvin was forced to leave the game on Saturday during the Seattle Seahawks’ first drive of the game after taking a brutal hit from New Orleans Saints safety Rafael Bush. Russell Wilson floated a perfect pass to Harvin on 3rd and long that it looked like he was going to be able to secure. Instead, Bush threw his shoulder directly into Harvin’s head.

Harvin ended up dropping the pass and needed help getting to his feet. He was examined on the sideline by trainers and later returned to the game, so it would appear he avoided a concussion. That is obviously tremendous news for the Seahawks.

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Percy Harvin tweets he will need surgery on hip

Percy Harvin tweeted on Tuesday that he will need surgery on his injured hip.

Percy Harvin VikingsHarvin tore the labrum in his hip while working out in the offseason. The Seattle Seahawks acquired him in March in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings and were hoping he would be able to avoid surgery. There is no word yet on the timetable for his recovery, but there was initial speculation that Harvin would be out for the season if he needed surgery. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport says Harvin may be out 3-4 months.

Harvin signed a six-year, $67 million contract with the Seahawks, including $25.5 million guaranteed. He was expected to be one of the team’s top offensive weapons.

Percy Harvin’s hip injury could require season-ending surgery

Percy Harvin VikingsPercy Harvin’s first season with the Seattle Seahawks could be over before it begins.

Pro Football Talk reports that an MRI conducted on Thursday showed Harvin has a slight tear in the labrum of his hip. PFT’s Mike Florio says the Seahawks want Harvin to practice and play through the injury, but they are allowing the high-priced wide receiver to get a second opinion on injury.

Florio said in his report that surgery would be a possibility for Harvin. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora adds that the first doctor recommended surgery for Harvin. La Canfora says if a second doctor recommends surgery, the operation could keep Harvin out for the season.

Harvin was traded to the Seahawks by the Minnesota Vikings in March for the No. 25 overall pick in the 2013 draft and a 3rd rounder in 2014. He signed a six-year, $67 million contract with $25.5 million guaranteed. Harvin was a malcontent in Minnesota and long wanted out of his situation. He supposedly lacked confidence in Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, though he denied that was the case.

Though the Seahawks may have given away too much for Harvin, the injury is not something the team overlooked when acquiring him. Harvin reportedly suffered the slight tear while working out on his own.

Percy Harvin denies having any problems with Christian Ponder

Percy HarvinPercy Harvin denies that he had any problems with former teammate Christian Ponder, contrary to a recent report. Instead, he says the two had a “great relationship.”

Harvin’s comments came during a phone interview with Suzy Kolber on ESPN’s “NFL 32″ Thursday. He was asked what went wrong with the Minnesota Vikings last season, and he took the question as an opportunity to dispute a Yahoo! Sports report that said he wanted out of Minnesota because he didn’t think Ponder was a good enough quarterback.

“My time with Minnesota was media blown,” Harvin told Kolber. “I had a great time in Minnesota. To the whole Christian Ponder thing, me and him had a great relationship. I hope he appreciated me just as much as I appreciated him. I never came out with any report saying my lack of faith in him or anything close to that. I haven’t done an interview since we inked, so I had no idea where all those reports came from.

“It was kind of disappointing to hear those reports coming out when I hadn’t done an interview since we inked. To clear all that up, me and Ponder had a great relationship. I appreciate him 100 percent and I hope he appreciated me the same as I did him.”

If Ponder is wondering where that came from, Jason Cole cited two sources who told him Harvin did not have confidence in the former Florida State quarterback.

Ponder was bothered by the report. He told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Harvin never complained to him and that he thought they had a good relationship.

“The thing is, there’s no quote strictly from Percy that he was the one saying it,” Ponder told the Pioneer Press’ Ben Goessling. “I haven’t put too much thought into it. If that was his opinion, that’s unfortunate. But he’s a Seahawk now, so it doesn’t really matter.

“People have their opinions. There were things I could have done better (last season). But now that he’s on a different team, his opinion doesn’t really mean much.”

Going back to last June, Harvin seemed like a disgruntled player. He reportedly wanted a trade then, and he was said to have threatened to walk out on the team.

Given all his problems in Minnesota, it’s hard to take his word in the situation.

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Percy Harvin: Trade a ‘huge relief,’ but I had ‘great relationship’ with Vikings

It would be silly of us to expect Percy Harvin to dog on the Minnesota Vikings organization after forcing his way out of town, but he may have gotten a bit carried away during his introductory press conference with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday. Harvin, who almost looked as if he was fighting back tears at one point, spoke to the media about how blessed he felt to be in Seattle. Video of the entire session can be seen here.

During an interview with KJR in Seattle’s Dave “Softy” Mahler on Tuesday, Harvin again expressed how much of a privilege it is to be able to play for the Seahawks.

“It’s a huge, huge relief,” Harvin said, via Sports Radio Interviews. “I think I can finally get some sleep tonight. It definitely was a long process, had its ups and downs, but I landed at a dream spot for me. To play with these caliber guys, it all worked out, so I’m not complaining at all.”

If the endless evidence of unrest between Harvin and the Vikings wasn’t already enough to prove that their relationship had gone sour, that should seal the deal. However, he insisted in the next breath that there were no problems between him and his former team.

“First off, me and the Vikings organization, we have a great relationship, despite all the rumors that you hear,” Harvin said. “It really was media-blown, but like I said, we have a great relationship. And I’m thankful for the four years they gave me and I’m definitely happy to be here.”

If this report is true, it’s possible Harvin’s biggest relief comes from the fact that he no longer has to play with Christian Ponder. However, all indications are that it ran much deeper than that. Having said that, we’re not going to criticize him for not bashing his former team on his way out the door. Taking the high road is almost always the better option.

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Vikings DL Kevin Williams: We were never told why Percy Harvin left last season

Percy HarvinThe volatile situation between Percy Harvin and the Minnesota Vikings finally came to a head on Monday, when the star receiver was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for draft picks. Last season, Harvin suffered an ankle injury during a Week 10 loss to Seattle (ironic, huh?). He was later placed on injured reserve in Week 14, but was there more to it than just a bum ankle?

On Monday, Minnesota defensive lineman Kevin Williams told the Star Tribune that the team was not given an explanation as to why Harvin was placed on injured reserve during the week leading up to a game against the Chicago Bears.

“I wouldn’t say it bothered me,” Williams explained. “Because I don’t know what all what went on. And I couldn’t say for sure what the relationship was like between him and the coaching staff and management. We just don’t know what that situation was about. I don’t know what his reason was for taking off. I just know that he was gone. And that’s the way it was left. Nobody every just came out and explained it to us, like, ‘Hey, he left for A, B, C and D.’

“So I don’t know what that relationship turned into. Was there something talked about? Was there a big problem? Or did he just leave? None of us really knew. I’m pretty sure it was addressed and we never got a clear answer on that. At all.”

If a player is injured to the point where he has to be placed on IR, it would not be a mystery to his teammates. The fact that Williams says the Vikings didn’t know the details of the situation is an indication that there was more to it than meets the eye. Head coach Leslie Frazier was vague when discussing Harvin’s injury last year, and players typically take four to six weeks to recover from severe ankle sprains.

Now that there are reports that Harvin had no confidence in his quarterback going forward, we’re starting to get a better idea of just how sour the relationship between the player and team had gotten. Perhaps it was more than just an ankle injury that closed the book on Percy’s 2012 season.

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Percy Harvin reportedly had no confidence in Christian Ponder

Percy Harvin has had a number of problems with the Minnesota Vikings over the past couple of seasons, many of which have remained private while others were publicized. Over the weekend, a report surfaced indicating that Harvin had told the Vikings he no longer wants to play with them. Just a few days later, he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks.

All indications were that Harvin was heading for another holdout and was bound to become a headache. According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, the final straw for the former Florida Gator and the team was that he had no confidence in quarterback Christian Ponder.

According to two sources, the straw that broke the Vikings’ back with Harvin is when he bemoaned the fact that quarterback Christian Ponder, a 2011 first-round pick, was not good enough. That came even though Ponder consistently fed Harvin the ball.

Harvin had 62 catches for 677 yards in eight-plus games last year before suffering a season-ending injury, so Ponder was giving him plenty of touches. That being said, Ponder’s play hit a rough patch in the middle of the season and he was largely inconsistent. No one would describe him as an elite quarterback, to say the least.

It’s also likely that Minnesota decided to deal Harvin because he is looking for a contract similar to the eight-year, $132 million deal Calvin Johnson signed with the Detroit Lions last season. Perhaps the Seahawks are willing to pay that kind of money to lock down a consistent difference-maker.

Now, it will be interesting to see if Harvin is happy in Seattle. This is a player who reportedly threatened to walk out on his team last year after hearing that a tight end from another team received a hefty contract extension. He also reportedly grabbed one of his Florida coaches by the neck during a disagreement in college, so a clear pattern of behavior has developed over the last several years. Time will tell if Pete Carroll can keep Percy happy.

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