Percy Harvin had a lot of offseason hype this past winter. Ranked as a bonafide WR1, many experts had figured Harvin would be just as good as others like Brandon Marshall and Andre Johnson. Then Harvin suffered a slight labrum tear during offseason workouts. Surgery was inevitable. He finally went under the knife August 1st. Most of his season was basically lost for the most part until he finally made his 2013 debut in Week 11. He only caught 1 pass for 17 yards against his old team the Vikings, but Harvin was back and fantasy football owners were happy. He'll be good to go for Week 13 and the rest of the fantasy season.
Oh how wrong we were.
Coming off a Week 12 bye, Harvin should have been well enough to play against the Saints on Monday night. An extra week off should have been enough. But Harvin's hip started acting up to the point to where he needed a cortisone injection over the weekend. The fact that Harvin is still dealing with lingering hip problems so many months after surgery isn't good news. Harvin himself declared he was "out" against the Saints Monday night. When a player declares himself out of a game, that's not good. Not good at all.
It could be worse for owners who either kept Harvin on their roster all year, or used a high waiver pick to pick him up a few weeks ago. Ian Rapoport, of the NFL Network, recently tweeted that while the Seahawks are waiting to see how Harvin responds to the cortisone shot, "holding him out until the playoffs is a real option." The Seahawks clinched a playoff spot with the win over the Saints Monday night. And at 11-1, they have a real shot at clinching home-field throughout the playoffs.
Since Seattle has been able to do this without the help of Harvin, owners might not get the chance to use him at all during their own playoff run. I wouldn't drop him outright. There is still a very small chance he could play Week 14, but the glimpses of hope that Harvin would help anyone make a strong fantasy playoff push look very dim right now