Thursday, July 17, 2014
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Harvin ruled out for Seahawks

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS wide receiver Percy Harvin will miss tomorrow's NFC Championship Game after he was not cleared by doctors following a concussion suffered in last week's playoff game against New Orleans.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll announced Harvin's status after practice yesterday. Harvin did not participate all week and was not cleared through the NFL's concussion protocol. Harvin's loss subtracts a significant playmaker from Seattle's offense heading into the game against San Francisco.

"It's super disappointing for Percy," Carroll said.

Harvin suffered the concussion late in the first half while jumping for a pass in the end zone and hitting his head on the turf as he was being hit by New Orleans safety Malcolm Jenkins. It was the second big hit Harvin absorbed in the game. He was belted by Rafael Bush on Seattle's opening possession, a hit that drew a 15-yard penalty. The NFL announced that it fined Bush $21,000 for the hit.

Harvin brought a jolt of energy and excitement to Seattle's offense before being injured. Harvin had three receptions and had a 9-yard run on his lone carry. He also drew attention and made Seattle's offense function better.

"Yes, without a doubt I believe these receivers can get it done. I think we've been able to prove that throughout the season," Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin said. "Obviously, we would have loved to have Percy on the field not only because he's a great football player, but he's a great teammate and he's been trying so hard to get back on the field. But we have more than enough and guys that are capable of getting the job done."

Linebacker K.J. Wright will play after being out since fracturing his foot in Week 14.

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