The city changed. The contract definitely changed. The drama surrounding Percy Harvin has not changed.
On a frenzied late July day of NFL news, Harvin's potential hip surgery could be the news item with the most lasting impact on the 2013 season. Like so many Harvin stories, this one doesn't sound simple.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Seattle Seahawks' team doctor did not recommend surgery for Harvin after the wide receiver suffered a slight tear in his labrum during a workout last week. But Harvin has chosen to seek a second opinion, and coach Pete Carroll admits surgery is an option. The Seahawks want Harvin to rehab the injury.
A second opinion never is a good thing. Considering Harvin's often-contentious history with the Minnesota Vikings over medical treatment, this could be just the beginning of this story.
It's not normally like this
I was a little late coming home from work and told my wife it was a crazy news day. She barely follows football but responded: "Guys always tear something on the first day of training camp. You always say it's busy."
But I swear it's not normally like this.
- Ryan Swope's story is a sad one. The sixth-round pick out of Texas A&M retired from the Cardinals without ever taking a practice snap in the NFL. The wide receiver suffered a setback from a concussion he suffered in college and chose his long-term health over big short-term risks. It's a new era in the NFL when it comes to concussions. We wish Swope the best.
- Sedrick Ellis made more than $30 million on his rookie contract after being taken No. 7 overall by the New Orleans Saints in 2008. That's more than Andrew Luck will make on his rookie deal with the Indianapolis Colts. Perhaps that's why Ellis suddenly retired Thursday, rather than play this season for $1 million with the Chicago Bears. The Bearsreplaced Ellis with another disappointing first-rounder: Anderson.
Elvis Dumervil's agent is off the hook
The guys on the sideline
- An incomplete list of players placed on the active/PUP list Thursday includes Houston Texans stars Arian Foster and Ed Reed. Foster isn't expected to be out too long, but he has been struggling with a calf injury. New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston is battling a foot injury. Green Bay Packers running back DuJuan Harris remains out after surgery to remove a cyst.
"I took it just about like when I took the ACT," Jones said, via the Ravens' official website. "Eventually, I passed it."