Percy Harvin impresses Seahawks teammates at practice
Receiver Percy Harvin was a full participant at the Seahawks practice on Wednesday and teammates raved about him. “He looks unbelievable so far,” said quarterback Russell Wilson.
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON – The Seahawks’ practice report had a pleasant, but not entirely unexpected, designation Wednesday:
Percy Harvin, full participant.
Consider it another positive step toward the receiver’s hopeful return for the divisional playoff game Saturday against the New Orleans Saints, and anticipation already is brimming from Harvin’s teammates.
“He looks unbelievable so far,” said quarterback Russell Wilson.
Mostly, that means fast, or as receiver Golden Tate described it, “fast as beep,” providing his own censorship for the words that appropriately capture Harvin’s explosiveness.
“We saw a glimpse when he wasn’t even healthy against Minnesota,” Tate said, referencing Harvin’s only action this season on Nov. 17. “He’s definitely going to open things up for a lot of us, I think.”
Harvin has taken part in the team’s past four practices, but Wednesday marked the first time in two weeks the Seahawks had to report player participation.
Tight end Luke Willson, who suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 17, also was listed as a full participant, a good sign of his quick recovery. Attention, though, has been almost solely on Harvin. Saints defenders have surely been following the updates, as well.
“If he gets a step on you,” warned Seattle’s All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, “there is no coming back from that.”
Beast Quake anniversary
Wednesday marked the three-year anniversary of the last playoff meeting between the Seahawks and Saints, when Seattle upset the defending Super Bowl champions 41-36 in the wild-card round.
Just as memorable as the game was Marshawn Lynch’s unforgettable 67-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to all but secure the victory. Seismic activity was registered during the dash, which led to it being called the “Beast Quake.”
Three years later, Saints coach Sean Payton was asked about the play.
“Listen, it was a tremendous run,” he said. “It’s what is great about the playoffs. You have a chance to do things that can be remembered for a long time, and usually it’s accompanied with a win. I think, shoot, you watch it, you admire it and you look closely, wanting to make sure you prevent that from happening again.”
Lynch’s fine stayed
An NFL spokesman said through a statement Wednesday that Lynch’s $50,000 fine for not speaking to the media has been stayed as long as the running back continues to cooperate with league policy.
Lynch hadn’t spoken with reporters all season until a brief interview last week.
Quinn in demand
Another coordinator. Another head-coaching candidate.
A day after Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell discussed interviewing for vacant coaching jobs, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn did the same Wednesday.
Quinn was reportedly set to interview with Cleveland and Minnesota last week, while Tennessee also might be interested.
“It was something I was fired up to do, and it was nice that it kind of happened during a time that we were down,” he said.
• Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis, who suffered a concussion last week, practiced Wednesday, an indication he’ll be available Saturday. Running back Pierre Thomas sat out with a chest injury.