The San Francisco 49ers kicked off their 21-day PUP clock on Mario Manningham last week, and now, the Seattle Seahawks have gotten the PUP clock going for wide receiver Percy Harvin. The Seahawks receiver was officially back at practice on Monday, giving the team three weeks to activate him to the 53-man roster.
The next three weeks sees the Seahawks traveling to face the St. Louis Rams, hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and traveling to face the Atlanta Falcons. Their first game after that three week window is fittingly enough at home against Harvin's former team, the Minnesota Vikings.
However it works out, Harvin would be back well in advance of the 49ers-Seahawks contest on December 8. But it sounds like he could very well be back sooner rather than later:
As I reported on shows today, Percy Harvin appeared ridiculously fast in workouts with Seahawks and has not been ruled out for MNF— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) October 23, 2013
When Harvin went down, it was hard to really assess what the loss meant since he was not a part of the team last year. Now, two months into the season, what does his return mean? He instantly becomes the best wide receiver on the Seahawks roster. Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate have both had their moments through the first seven weeks, but Harvin has a chance to do some big things with Russell Wilson.
We have plenty to deal with in looking just at the 49ers, but it's always helpful keeping an idea on the team's chief rival. The Seahawks are handling their business, and that Week 14 showdown at Candlestick Park could be pretty epic. At that point, the Seahawks will have had Percy Harvin playing for at least a few weeks, and Michael Crabtree will hopefully be off the PUP list as well. Add in the various other returning 49ers, and both teams will hopefully be close to full strength with their current rosters. 49ers and Seahawks fans may not like each other, but there's potential for one heck of a game in December.