Super Bowl XLVIII is more than a week away, as the Seattle Seahawks prepare to take on the Denver Broncos. A few key players on the NFC champions are nursing injuries. Will they suit up for the big game on Feb. 2?
The Seahawks starting running back didn’t participate in practice on Wednesday. There isn’t a major concern that Lynch won’t be ready to play in the Super Bowl, and head coach Pete Carroll said his star player was simply “banged up” after the NFC Championship Game. With the chance of very poor weather highly likely during the big game, Lynch is essential for Seattle to defeat Denver. The 27-year old has been very durable as a member of the Seahawks. In the past three years, he has missed just one game, and rushed for at least 1,200 yards in each season.
Baldwin suffered a hip pointer against the San Francisco 49ers and could miss the entire week of practice. He’s not expected to miss the Super Bowl, but will likely rest until next week. Baldwin was second on the team this season with 778 receiving yards. He’s been the team’s best receiver in the playoffs, catching eight balls for 136 yards. Baldwin has been very efficient, considering he’s only been targeted 10 times. The NFC championship Game was his best effort of the year. He recorded 106 yards, making it the first time all season that he surpassed the 100-yard mark.
The wide receiver has barely contributed anything to Seattle all year long. After the team acquired Harvin in the offseason for a first-round draft pick, he caught just one pass in the regular season, while missing 15 games because of injuries. He made his return in the divisional round, but left the game and sat out the next one because of a concussion. However, it looks like Harvin will be in action at MetLife Stadium. He participated at practice on Wednesday and should be ready for the big game. Harvin still needs to officially be cleared to play in a game, but there should be enough time for him to be good to go.