The Seattle Seahawks will be without a notable weapon in Sunday's NFC Championship Game. Head coach Pete Carroll met with the media Friday, and announced that Percy Harvin is out. Harvin suffered at least one concussion in Sunday's win over the Saints, but he had not been able to practice this week in preparation for the San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers likely were preparing for Harvin to play, but they can adjust fairly quickly with this official news that Harvin is out. You have to prepare for a guy like Percy Harvin because he is such a dynamic threat. His health has always been an issue, but when he is on the field, he can do so many things so well. In limited play against the Saints, we saw him line up at receiver for pass plays, line up in the backfield, run some sweeps, and do a little bit of everything.
The 49ers can beat this Seahawks team with or without Harvin, but removing him from the equation removes one potential headache. The Seahawks still have Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, but they are not quite the game-breakers Harvin is.
The 49ers are hoping to be close to 100 percent in the secondary on Sunday. Carlos Rogers was on KNBR Thursday evening and said he was going to play, and it would be in the nickel role. I suspect we'll see a mix of Rogers and Perrish Cox. Rogers can likely play, but he is probably not quite 100 percent. Ideally they'll need him two weeks later in the Super Bowl. Cox has played solidly in relief the last two weeks, so they might as well keep a fresh guy on the field. Removing Harvin from the equation makes their lives at least a little bit easier.
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