Wide receiver Percy Harvin will not play in the upcoming NFC Championship game after suffering a concussion against the Saints on Sunday. But don't worry, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said today, Harvin will return to practice next week.
"It's super-disappointing for Percy," Carroll said at his news conference in Renton, Wash. "He wants to play. You could see it. He played his tail off when he had his chance. Just unfortunate circumstances, you know. He'll be back practicing next week. He'll be ready to go and get back on the field, and we'll be thrilled to have him back."
The Seahawks traded their first-round pick in 2013 to Minnesota in the hope that Harvin would add an element of danger to their passing attack. Seattle finished with a 13-3 record and the top playoff seed in the NFC largely without him. A hip injury limited him to one catch for 17 yards in the regular season. He had three catches for 21 yards before leaving the game Sunday.
Harvin did not play in either contest against the 49ers this year. "He's a fantastic player, and they have many of those," Jim Harbaugh said when asked about Harvin this week. "We have a lot of respect for the Seattle wide receiver group. They've always been outstanding when they've played us, Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate and (Jermaine) Kearse, etc. The two tight ends have been very good. We understand that's a big task with those men."
Saints safety Rafael Bush was fined $21,000 for his shoulder-to-helmet hit that knocked Harvin out of the game.
Meanwhile, the league fined Anquan Boldin and Frank Gore $7,875 each for infractions that occurred in Sunday's win over Carolina. Boldin's fine was for head butting safety Mike Mitchell. He was not penalized at the time. Gore's fine was due to a face-mask penalty for which he was penalized.
Carolina cornerback Captain Munnerlyn was penalized but not fined for head-butting Michael Crabtree. Panthers cornerback Josh Thomas was fined $7,875 for throwing a punch at a 49ers player. Harbaugh was not fined for running onto the field in the second quarter, which drew a 15-yard personal foul penalty.
-- Matt Barrows