Sunday, April 22, 2018
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Seattle declares Harvin out

RENTON, Wash. — Seahawks WR Percy Harvin will miss Sunday's NFC title game, the team said Friday.

Coach Pete Carroll said the former Florida Gator has not cleared league-mandated protocols for concussions. Harvin was hurt during last week's win over the Saints. While jumping for a pass in the end zone, he hit his head on the turf as he was hit by S Malcolm Jenkins. Harvin did not practice this week.

"It's super disappointing for Percy," Carroll said. "He wants to play. You can see it. He played his tail off when he had his chance; just unfortunate circumstances."

Harvin, 25, appeared in only one regular-season game after offseason hip surgery, so Seattle's receivers are used to being without him.

"Obviously, we would have loved to have Percy on the field, not only because he's a great football player, but he's a great teammate and he's been trying so hard to get back on the field," WR Doug Baldwin said. "But we have more than enough guys that are capable of getting the job done."

More NFC injuries: Seattle LB K.J. Wright will return after breaking a foot in Week 14 but likely won't start: "I'm not 100 percent, but at the same time, (I'm) football ready. This is the NFC championship, so I'm going to have to suck it up and play."

49ers CB Carlos Rogers, who has missed both playoff games with a sore hamstring, practiced on a limited basis for the third consecutive day and said he expects to play. 49ers FB Will Tukuafu, who sustained a knee injury last week against the Panthers, is questionable.

AFC injuries: Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas was listed as limited at practice, and espn.com reported he felt tightness in his calf beforehand. But he is probable for Sunday. Patriots WR Aaron Dobson, who sat out last week with a foot injury, traveled to Denver and is questionable. And Patriots LB Steve Beauharnais was ruled out with an undisclosed illness, the Boston Herald reported.

Fines: Saints S Rafael Bush was fined $21,000 for a hit on Harvin. He was penalized for hitting a defenseless receiver on the play.

Meanwhile, three players from last week's 49ers-Panthers game were fined $7,875: San Francisco RB Frank Gore for a face mask, 49ers WR Anquan Boldin for a head butt and Panthers DB Josh Thomas for throwing a punch.

And Patriots RB Stevan Ridley was fined $5,250 for wearing red shoes against the Colts. If Ridley wears them Sunday, the fine doubles.

Mild weather: Dry conditions are likely for Sunday's games. According to weatherunderground.com, the forecast for Denver is clear skies, temperatures in the 50s and winds of about 10 mph. For Seattle, the website forecasts temperatures in the 40s, light winds and only a 10 percent chance of rain.

Money talk: CB Marquice Cole has been released and re-signed by the Patriots four times this season. (He didn't clean out his locker at the practice facility after the most recent release.) But this week, he signed with the Broncos. Cole will make $42,000 for a week of work. Current Patriots CB Aqib Talib said he has no problem with him playing for the enemy. "That's my dog, man," Talib said. "Good luck, Quice. Cash that check, baby. Get that check, baby. Got to pay the bills, man."

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