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January 24, 2014

Harvin eager for title shot

RENTON, Wash. — With all the setbacks Percy Harvin has faced in his first season with Seattle, it would be easy to dwell on the problems.

Harvin is trying not to linger on the past, whether it was his hip surgery and recovery that kept him out of 15 of 16 regular-season games or the concussion that left him a spectator for the NFC championship game.

Not with the Seahawks headed for a Super Bowl matchup against Denver.

“It’s been a roller coaster, but it’s all been a blessing. I wouldn’t take anything back that happened this year. It’s made me a stronger person,” Harvin said on Thursday. “It’s definitely been frustrating for a lot of people, not only myself but my teammates. Doug (Baldwin), some of the guys playing my position, not knowing whether I’m going to be at practice. So it was definitely frustrating but it’s all over now. We get to play for the Super Bowl. That’s all in the past.”

Harvin returned to practice Wednesday after passing the league’s concussion protocol following the concussion he suffered in the NFC divisional playoff game against New Orleans. The injury was the latest bump in a season filled with starts and stops for Harvin.

First was the trade from Minnesota and a lucrative contract with Seattle. Then came the discovery of a damaged labrum in his hip that required surgery in early August and caused him to miss the first 10 games of the regular season.

When he returned in Week 11, Harvin was used sparingly, but the amount was too much for his hip and complications followed. He returned for the playoffs and was a significant part of Seattle’s game plan against the Saints in the divisional round when the next setback hit. Harvin’s head bounced off the turf of CenturyLink Field after leaping for a pass in the end zone in the second quarter of Seattle’s 23-15 win.

And again, Harvin was left to be a spectator.

“Frustrating. That’s the word that I’ll use. This whole year watching every single game was frustrating,” Harvin said.

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