RENTON, Wash. -- Percy Harvin is officially out for the NFC title game against the 49ers, but coach Pete Carroll expressed optimism Friday that the receiver would recover from a concussion in time to begin preparations for the Super Bowl.
Wait a minute ... the Super Bowl?
Carroll never came close to guaranteeing a victory in Sunday's game at CenturyLink Field. But he didn't use any caveats, either, in discussing Harvin's outlook for Super Bowl XLVIII.
"He'll be back practicing next week. He'll be ready to go and get back on the field with us and we'll be thrilled to have him back," Carroll said. "But we have functioned the way we function because we don't let things like that get to us and disturb us and how we're thinking and how we're preparing and all that. We would love to have him, but not this time."
Harvin, signed a six-year, $67 million contract with the Seahawks last March but barely took the field. Hindered by major hip surgery Aug. 1, he played just once in the regular season (one catch and a 58-yard kickoff return against the Vikings on Nov. 17).
He caught three passes against the New Orleans Saints in last week's playoff game but sustained a concussion after his head hit the end-zone turf shortly before halftime. Harvin never got clearance from doctors this week to return to practice.
"Obviously, we miss Percy Harvin a lot," quarterback Russell Wilson said. "We missed him all year. He's a tremendous football player. He knows how to play the game -- so physical, so fast. He brings an excitement to the game.
"But we played without him all year. And obviously, his health comes first."
Harvin missed both of Seattle's games against the 49ers this season. While with Minnesota in 2012, Harvin had 89 receiving yards in a Week 3 victory over the 49ers.
"That's an awesome deal for a kid who grew up here,'' Carroll said. "I can't even imagine 68,000 people going crazy for his wonderful talent ... it's a great celebration. So everybody can have a good time."
Of his counterpart Frank Gore, Lynch said: "He's a good, talented back. I respect his game. And that's for every running back, though."
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