Percy Harvin is practicing, and the Seattle Seahawks have to hope he can rejoin the team soon after Sidney Rice tore his ACL last night in St. Louis. Pro Football Talk was the first to report Rice would miss the rest of the season due to the injury, and that report has since been confirmed by other outlets.
Rice, was the Seahawks’ No. 1 receiver in 2012, when he started all 16 regular season games and led the team with 50 catches for 748 yards. Rice’s seven touchdowns tied him with Golden Tate for the team lead. Going into last night’s game Rice was behind Tate and Doug Baldwin in terms of receptions (15) and receiving yards (231). However, his three touchdowns are enough to give Rice a share of the team lead with Tate (the team’s No. 1 receiver in 2013) and Zach Miller.
Harvin’s surgically repaired hip “flared up” on Thursday, so it might not be as easy as plugging in Harvin into Rice’s spot in the lineup. They’re playing the Bucs at home on Sunday, so there’s probably no need to rush Harvin anyway. A candidate to take Rice’s snaps in the short-term is second year receiver Jermaine Kearse, who has eight receptions for 128 yards with two scores on the year.
Like another team that has struggled with injuries and depth concerns at the receiver spot this year, the Seahawks have responded to the hand they’ve been dealt by handing the ball to their running backs. Seattle is 31st in the league in pass attempts. No. 32? The San Francisco 49ers.
While the 49ers — with plenty of help from their defense and special teams — have scored 30+ points in each of their last five games, the Seahawks’ offense has struggled lately. That’s what people are saying, anyway. They couldn’t do anything against St. Louis last night on national TV (135 total yards and five first downs on offense), but they averaged 27.3 points and 390.3 yards per game in their previous three contests.
In five career games against the 49ers, Rice has 10 receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown. As a member of the Seahawks, Rice has only caught four balls for 59 yards and no scores against San Francisco.
Since this is a post about wide receivers getting injured and returning from the PUP list, here were Jim Harbaugh’s comments regarding Crabtree today (warning, they’re pretty vague):
What’s sort of the take on WR Michael Crabtree’s return in a few weeks? Is that still doable?
“That’s doable. I’m not going to make any proclamations or profound statements, but he’s right on track for, at some point here, weeks.”
Mid-November is still the target?
“Some amount of weeks.”