Already, the fantasy gods have imposed their will. Percy Harvin was a full participant in the Seahawks’ minicamp last month. Then sometime between now and then, something horrible happened.
Harvin has been placed on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp, and he could have a slight labrum tear, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Firstly, describing a labrum tear as “slight” is like calling a fall off a cliff “minor”. A vital part of a football player’s body is maybe partially torn. That’s not good.
But wait before you fill the nearest bath with water and then drop a TV in, because there’s hope to be had here. As Rapsheet also reports, Harvin will seek a second opinion next week, at which point we’ll likely get a more definitive timetable for a possible absence. Still, ughhhh.
The Seahawks gave up three draft picks to acquire Harvin from Minnesota, and then gave the 25-year-old a six-year contract worth $67 million, $25.5 million of which is guaranteed. That’s a lot of bank for a receiver who relies on lateral movement for his elite after the catch ability, and now before his first training camp in Seattle he might have a significant hip problem.
The potential and hype surrounding Harvin teaming up with Russell Wilson and being used all around the formation (including in the backfield) has reached peak levels. Even your Mongolian neighbor was drafting Harvin in the third round, where his ADP often resides. Now our giddiness has been dealt a groin shot, but let’s not smash every panic button quite yet until we hear something a little more definitive.
For now, it’s safe to assume we’ll see very little of Harvin throughout the preseason, and therefore he’ll enter Week 1 with a lot of uncertainty. If you’re pursuing a strategy of drafting two running backs early and then looking to grab a marquee wideout, and said wideout’s name is Harvin, snapping up Golden Tate in the late rounds is now wise.
Or better yet, maybe this is a wonderful thing. Hold off for now, but the crippling fear of Harvin either shattering again or needing season-ending surgery will lower his soaring ADP, resulting in at the very least a market correction, or even a nice little bargain. There’s hope too, because as injury expert Jene Bramel notes, Brandon Marshall has played through a similar tear.