Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin will not make his highly-anticipated Seahawks debut on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to multiple sources.
Head coach Pete Carroll confirmed the news on Sirius Radio, via CBSSports.com:
“Percy won’t play this week,” Carroll told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “He’s getting close, but not close enough.”
With Sidney Rice out for the season with a torn ACL, Harvin will be expected to take on the role of No. 1 wide receiver for Russell Wilson. Until then, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin will share the role.
The Seahawks, 28th in the league in passing yards per game (198.8), are not going to rush Harvin until he is 100 percent ready to play.
Jermaine Kearse will start on Sunday in Rice’s place, according to ESPN.com.
The Seahawks will enter Sunday’s game as 16-point favorites against the winless Buccaneers.
Tampa Bay’s pass defense has allowed 243.9 passing yards per game, 19th in the league. The Bucs’ run defense has been one of the team’s high points this season, allowing just 94.6 rush yards per game, 7th in the league.