Harvin won’t play for Seahawks in title game

Updated: January 17, 2014, 7:37 PM ET

Terry Blount | ESPN.com

RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin will not play in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers because of lingering effects from a concussion he suffered in the playoff game against New Orleans last weekend.

“He will not make it back for this game,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Friday. “He did not make it through the concussion protocol. I’m super disappointed for Percy. I know how much he wants to play.”

Harvin suffered a concussion late in the first half of last Saturday’s win against the Saints. He was playing for the first time since his season debut on Nov. 17 against his former Minnesota Vikings teammates.

The receiver, who signed a six-year, $67 million contract with the Seahawks last March, had major hip surgery on Aug. 1 to repair a torn labrum. He missed the first 10 games of the season before returning for 19 plays in the Minnesota game.

Harvin had one catch and a 58-yard kickoff return in the game, but aggravated his surgically repaired hip and did not practice again until the week before the Saints playoff game.

Harvin caught three passes and had one 9-yard run on an end around in the first half against the Saints, but took two big hits and was checked twice for a concussion. Saints safety Rafael Bush was fined $21,000 on Friday for the first hit, which came on Seattle’s opening possession.

Harvin did not return in the second half after suffering the concussion while falling backward in the end zone, hitting his head on the turf, near the end of the second quarter.

The Seahawks were hopeful that the extra day to recover, since the Saints playoff game was Saturday, would give Harvin a better chance to return and get through the concussion protocol. Harvin was examined by doctors on Wednesday and was not cleared to return to practice. Carroll said Harvin would be back at practice next week, if the Seahawks win Sunday, in preparation for playing in the Super Bowl.

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