Saturday, February 17, 2018
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Harvin returns to Seattle

SEATTLE — Two years have passed since the Seahawks gave up on their experiment.

Percy Harvin was the subject of Seattle's trial, seeing if one of the most dynamic talents in the NFL could mesh with and supplement the structure of the Seahawks' system.

The results of the Harvin experience were so muddled and incomplete that two years after the former Gator was traded midseason from Seattle to the Jets, it's still difficult to provide a definition to his time with the Seahawks.

Yes, he did have a part in the Seahawks winning their only Super Bowl title. Yes, he caused internal strife that eventually led to his departure.

But ask those who shared the locker room with Harvin in Seattle as he prepares for an unexpected return with the Bills visiting the Seahawks tonight, and there is no criticism of Harvin's time in the Pacific Northwest.

"I loved him when he was here. I loved him as a person and as a teammate," Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner said. "I'm excited that he's back on the field."

With the Bills thinned at wide receiver because of injuries, they turned Harvin, who came out of retirement last week, for depth. Whether he would be active and how much he would play tonight wasn't known Sunday, though Buffalo coach Rex Ryan had sounded confident he would play.

"He looks good out there," Ryan said. "You know the conditioning part of it and doing the football-specific things, obviously, they're not to where he would be if he was here the whole time. But I think he can help us."

FEUD ESCALATES: Jets receiver Brandon Marshall complained all afternoon — to the refs, to his quarterback, to Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell and to anyone who would listen after the game.

Miami beat New York 27-23 in part because Maxwell held Marshall to 45 yards on six receptions.

"I think I did an amazing job of keeping my emotions in check," a frustrated Marshall said. "(Maxwell) was exactly who I thought he was. He's a holder; he's a grabber. That's not how you play football."

INJURY REPORT: The Giants lost wide receiver Victor Cruz and left guard Justin Pugh to injuries against the Eagles. Pugh sprained his right knee early in the second quarter. Cruz had one catch for 46 yards when he hurt his ankle in the first half. … Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns hurt his ankle in the second half against the Chiefs, returned, then left again to be evaluated for a concussion. … Pittsburgh center and former Gator Maurkice Pouncey missed part of the first quarter against the Ravens with an injured finger, then returned only to leave for good with the same injury in the third quarter.

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