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Harvin doesn’t believe Saints were targeting him

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When Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin made his second game appearance with his current team, some thought the Saints were trying to knock Harvin out of the game.  Regardless of whether that was the goal, it was the outcome.

But Harvin doesn’t believe that the Saints were targeting him.

“No,” Harvin told reporters on Thursday, his first press conference since suffering a concussion against the Saints.  “Like I said it was just us playing football, it was unfortunate, some of the hits that were caused in the game, but I didn’t think they were targeting me.  I just thought they were playing football.”

Harvin hasn’t been cleared to play, but he has received clearance to practice — and practice he has for the last two days.

“I feel good,” Harvin said.  “It was good to get back out there with my guys.  I don’t think anybody is not feeling good going up to the most prized possession in our profession, the Super Bowl.  Everybody is feeling good, we had a good first couple of days of practice and we’re looking forward to competing.”

Harvin said he has no regrets about a season that has seen him appear in only a pair of games, due mainly to a hip injury that required surgery in early August.

“I wouldn’t take anything back that has happened this year,” Harvin said.  “It’s made me a stronger person.  Like I said it’s definitely been frustrating for a lot of people, not only myself, but for my teammates Doug Baldwin and some of the guys that play my position coming in and out, not knowing when I’m going to be at practice.  So it was definitely frustrating, but like I said it’s all over with now and we get a chance to play for the Super Bowl, so that’s all in the past.”

Harvin’s migraines appear to be in the past, too.  He said that his past issues had no impact on the recovery from his concussion.

“There were no complications; we just had to go through the protocol,” Harvin said.  “We had to go through all of the steps, we went through them and they got me back on the field.”

If Harvin can get back on the field for the Super Bowl — and stay there — he could play a big part in the franchise’s first-ever NFL title.

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64 Responses to “Harvin doesn’t believe Saints were targeting him”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 23, 2014 9:04 PM

    “We just had to go through all the steps, …… and I doubled up on the medication, just to be safe.”.

  2. GenXJay says: Jan 23, 2014 9:06 PM

    I don’t think the Saints were trying to kill the head this time around.
    I mean, it’s Percy.
    Need I say more?

  3. bobnelsonjr says: Jan 23, 2014 9:06 PM

    So much undeserved attention for such an unproductive player.

  4. winninaintsinnin says: Jan 23, 2014 9:11 PM

    They targeted him, mostly because they understood how dangerous he is.

    Beware Denver.

  5. jollyjoker2 says: Jan 23, 2014 9:11 PM

    what was he supposed to say? Yep – they be a cumm’in after me like rabid paid dogs…..Oh, as a Vikings fan – you can count on Percy having ailments for the next 10 years if you decide to keep him. Fortunately, you finally have a qb ..something the Vikes are a long long way off on.

  6. meatcarroll says: Jan 23, 2014 9:12 PM

    How crazy would it be if after all this missed time and seemingly a lost season, Harvin returns with a bang that ends with him being Superb Owl MVP?

  7. arwiv says: Jan 23, 2014 9:15 PM

    He may very well win a SB with Seattle….regardless though, this was a disgustingly bad signing. At least they can cut rice this year….they are stuck with a very injury-prone harvin for 2 more years.

    The niners “dynasty” ends after the 2014 season….the seahawks “dynasty” ends the following year. Just look at the cap….these teams are great until they have to pay the kids with expiring rookie contracts.

    It wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see the packers, saints, or giants back on top in 2015.

  8. doner80 says: Jan 23, 2014 9:18 PM

    So is there a line in Vegas on this cupcake finishing the game?

  9. bennyb82 says: Jan 23, 2014 9:20 PM

    I bet there is a correlation between number of team wins and migraine symptoms.

  10. coltzfan166 says: Jan 23, 2014 9:21 PM

    Bounty program 2.0

  11. FlashPatterson says: Jan 23, 2014 9:22 PM

    Shut up Percy.. were you even there? They were targeting Favre for sure.

  12. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 23, 2014 9:23 PM

    And Denver has some concern spots on Defense due to some thin depth resulting from injuries this year in the Back 7 which could make for a great opportunity for Harvin to have a breakout game.

  13. musicman495 says: Jan 23, 2014 9:24 PM

    Glad to hear this from Harvin. The way I saw it, the first hit on Harvin was late (and therefore flagged) but was shoulder to shoulder and did not involve the head. The second hit was clean, but Harvin’s head hit the turf hard, and there is NO way to prevent that from sometimes causing a concussion.

  14. poorman715 says: Jan 23, 2014 9:24 PM

    Oh, those bad ol’ Saints. How dare them play football!

  15. kd75 says: Jan 23, 2014 9:28 PM

    Of course they were trying to knock Harvin out of the game.

    That is kind of the objective of playing defense. Nullify the offense.

  16. outlawshark says: Jan 23, 2014 9:29 PM

    He probably doesn’t remember…

  17. favrelous says: Jan 23, 2014 9:31 PM

    Of course they are targeting you. You have the pain threshold of a young child.

  18. seattlesue427 says: Jan 23, 2014 9:31 PM

    I think the Hawks win with or without Percy, but it sure is good to have him back!

  19. favrelous says: Jan 23, 2014 9:34 PM

    As frustrating as it can be to Have Percy on your team I have a sneaky feeling he is going to be the reason Seattle wins the SB.

  20. publicteamforever says: Jan 23, 2014 9:39 PM

    I agree that as good as the Hawks receivers have played, Harvin is a difference maker.

  21. okemon says: Jan 23, 2014 9:44 PM

    Then he still has a screw loose…. retake the concussion test lol

  22. coondabye says: Jan 23, 2014 9:45 PM

    Does he remember what happened?

  23. pyleketerson says: Jan 23, 2014 9:45 PM

    Spoken like a true professional. Say what you want about his injuries and time missed, but the guy is a good teammate and a great football player. Hope he makes an impact in the biggest game o the year.

  24. seatownballers says: Jan 23, 2014 9:49 PM

    Not as a team. But Bush was targeting his head the entire quarter. Hence the review of the Game tape, and the fine

  25. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Jan 23, 2014 9:49 PM

    “I wouldn’t take back anything that’s happened this year, it’s made me a stronger person”

    More pot or less pot, Percy.

  26. hawkstradamus says: Jan 23, 2014 9:51 PM

    Percy gets the Super Bowl MVP, Hawkstradamus has foretold it.

  27. kkalama1 says: Jan 23, 2014 9:53 PM

    Its gonna be interesting to see if Denvers D can stop Seattles passing and run game. How will they cover the play action or even just contain Lynch? What will they do to stop the speed of Percy or Russells ability to scramble? But how will Seattle at least slow down Manning? If he is stopped the Seahawks will win the game. (here come the Percy will get hurt comments) All you haters just keep holding onto that little bit of confidence

  28. titansbro says: Jan 23, 2014 10:05 PM

    It certainly looked like they were targeting him. Seemed like they were going out of their way to get to him & culminated in that head shot that ended his day. But other than the head shot nothing seemed illegal.

  29. snoqualmieterry says: Jan 23, 2014 10:07 PM

    A lot of people mock Harvin for missing games. Denver would love him to miss the Super Bowl. He can be a huge weapon.

  30. backdapack4evr says: Jan 23, 2014 10:15 PM

    How would he remember??

  31. usdcoyotesfan says: Jan 23, 2014 10:16 PM

    Too bad they weren’t targeting Golden Tate.

  32. saintsfan26 says: Jan 23, 2014 10:25 PM

    Brett Favre didn’t think the Saints were targeting him either.

    Paul Tagliabue didn’t think the Saints were targeting anybody either which is why he overruled Goodell’s decision.

    Demaurice Smith said “There absolutely was no bounty program in New Orleans.”

    Federal Judge Ginger Berrigan said the NFL was running a kangaroo court.

    In the end, the only people who believed the Saints were targeting players were Roger Goodell, ESPN and butthurt Vikings fans.

  33. slugbaitspace says: Jan 23, 2014 10:35 PM

    And with our latest poll, the number of people who don’t believe Harvin was being targeted by the Saints now stands at:

    Well, ah, um…one.

  34. wyzzrd says: Jan 23, 2014 10:37 PM

    January 23rd, 2014, 11:35 PM.

    NBC Sports Pro Football Talk

    Breaking News : Percy Harvin receives migrane headache after reading articles concerning himself.

    Percy, “There were just so many of them…I kept reading and reading…first it hurt my eyes, then it developed into extreme headaches.”

    He is considered doubtful for the Super Bowl on Feb. 2nd.

  35. bowdowntopeyton says: Jan 23, 2014 10:52 PM

    Ole Percy doesn’t quite have his wits about him these days, does he?

  36. tap79 says: Jan 23, 2014 10:55 PM

    He’s just being politically correct….. The saints bounty gated him. The had no answer for him so instead the injured him to take him out of the game.. Still their plan didn’t work, I just wonder who got the bonus and how much.

  37. gdeli says: Jan 23, 2014 11:06 PM

    Good for him, sounds like he has his crap together.

  38. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 23, 2014 11:08 PM

    Must be a decent head injury then. Not sure what game he was watching.

  39. kuranda84 says: Jan 23, 2014 11:09 PM

    Notice that the Seahawks don’t piss and moan about penalties, strategies good/bad/no calls from refs. We just play the game and take it for what it is…something 9er fans can learn.

  40. jdubb84 says: Jan 23, 2014 11:16 PM

    How humble Mr Harvin, let us the fans who saw 100 replays be the deciders. #bounty

  41. ningenito78 says: Jan 23, 2014 11:21 PM

    Maybe the concussion knocked the migraines loose.

  42. 4thqtrsaint says: Jan 23, 2014 11:34 PM

    I guess the Saints will never be able to make a tackle in this league again without somebody thinking they were targeting them. Hey, 2011 called… They want their headlines back.

  43. hardkor07mn says: Jan 23, 2014 11:35 PM

    OMG get him some Tylenol, I see a migraine coming!!! Wimp

  44. 1sportschica says: Jan 23, 2014 11:48 PM

    “….I didn’t think they were targeting me. I just thought they were playing football.”

    Yeah, bounty football maybe. One can’t watch that first high hit to Harvin’s head enough times and call it anything else. Sean Payton may have paid his dues, but he deserves no respect.

  45. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 23, 2014 11:48 PM

    The Saints targeted Harvin just like Rick Spielman targets the Seahawks when he wants to drop a problem player on a team while separating them from major assets.

  46. pacificnw7722 says: Jan 23, 2014 11:57 PM

    Harvin will be the Super Bowl MVP…..Mark It.

  47. 84fantrick says: Jan 24, 2014 12:20 AM

    Funny how he’s OK right before the biggest game of his career….I’m not hatin’…I’m just sayin’….The Superbowl is gonna be awesome this year no matter who takes it! Wish I was there.

  48. sunnyd89 says: Jan 24, 2014 2:36 AM

    When you have a WR defending DBs….

    You know the rules are wack.

  49. sayly75 says: Jan 24, 2014 5:22 AM

    No one said they were, it was just a hard hit to the head on the first one. The second one he just happens to land hard.

  50. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jan 24, 2014 5:35 AM

    In football, every opponent has a built-in target. You want to light up everyone on the field wearing a different-colored jersey, especially the QB – since that is generally your opponent’s primary key to implementing their offensive schemes.

    On rare occasions, you see players/teams really go the extra mile to target a certain player.

    For example, the Raiders LBs and DBs of the mid-seventies went far out of their way to lay inexcusably cheap shots on Swann. Did they go after Stallworth that way? No. Did they even think about messing with Joe Greene? Of course not. But it was one of those relatively rare instances when a specific player had been singled out in advance of the game, during the game and in the post-game comments after the game.

    Usually, physical football (IMO) is just an equal opportunity event. Hammer the opponent no matter who he is … within the rules of course.

  51. dynastyposeiden says: Jan 24, 2014 6:04 AM

    matter of fact … he said “they probably were not targeting since they have never been accused of it before … and by the way who are the saints”

  52. saintsly says: Jan 24, 2014 7:04 AM

    Hot targeting Harvin but was targeting Seahawks and missed.

  53. tv426 says: Jan 24, 2014 8:27 AM

    Harvin is a dog. Always has been, even back to college. He doesn’t want to practice and doesn’t want to play if he gets nailed.

    2 good hits on him in the SB and he will be done.

  54. donewithfootball says: Jan 24, 2014 9:12 AM

    They never target anyone. Just ask Breeeeezzzz
    it never happen.

  55. robf2010 says: Jan 24, 2014 9:34 AM

    “and by the way who are the saints”

    I’m sure he knows who the Saints are. They’re the guys who kept him out of a Super Bowl against a Peyton Manning team last time he was in the playoffs. They kept him in the game that time, though, and his fumble led to a score. Maybe they should have kept him in the game this time, too.

    Who’s Percy Harvin?
    Viking retribution for Herschel Walker.

  56. dleclair2013 says: Jan 24, 2014 9:36 AM

    This is the kind of thing the brain dead haters try to sensationalize. The only one targeting Harvin was his quarterback. It’s football. It’s physical. You tackle the guy with the ball. Sometimes when you throw the ball down the field and a 200 pound man runs as fast as he can and collides with another 200 pound man running his fastest the impact can be fierce. And the field along side the end zone doesn’t play for the saints.

  57. august589 says: Jan 24, 2014 9:56 AM

    It looked to me like the Saints were targeting Harvin. But, what do I know? I was just watching the game. But in the two plays where he was hit in the head, it looked more than coincidental. Just sayin’….

  58. MichaelEdits says: Jan 24, 2014 10:03 AM

    If Percy’s not good to go, the Seahawks can sign Randy Moss.

  59. wimpyburgers says: Jan 24, 2014 11:41 AM

    Come Super Bowl Sunday, the only ones on the field who will get a headache will be John
    Fox and jack DelRio, who have to figure out how to defend against Harvin and the ‘Hawks

  60. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jan 24, 2014 12:37 PM

    In football, every opponent has a built-in target. You want to light up everyone on the field wearing a different-colored jersey, especially the QB – since that is generally your opponent’s primary key to implementing their offensive schemes.

    On rare occasions, you see players/teams really go the extra mile to target a certain player.

    For example, the Raiders LBs and DBs of the mid-seventies went far out of their way to lay inexcusably cheap shots on Swann. Did they go after Stallworth that way? No. Did they even think about messing with Joe Greene? Of course not. But it was one of those relatively rare instances when a specific player had been singled out in advance of the game, during the game and in the post-game comments after the game.

    Usually, physical football (IMO) is just an equal opportunity event. Hammer the opponent no matter who he is … within the rules of course.

  61. sharks123 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:38 PM

    Are you kidding kuran? All I heard was Seahawks fans whining about Percy being targeted. Even Holmgren whined after the super bowl loss. Seahawks fans are above no one.

  62. hoppylegs says: Jan 24, 2014 12:48 PM

    I think Harvin being on the field actually sets up the Seattle running game to be more effective, and increases the chances that they’ll win and that Lynch will grab the MVP award.

    If Denver wins, the MVP will be Manning barring extreme circumstances.

  63. nineball26 says: Jan 24, 2014 7:49 PM

    sure he doesnt, how much did the NFL or the Taints pay you to print that garb?

    go away already jut GFY!!!

    SCAB

  64. saintssoaring2012 says: Jan 25, 2014 11:58 AM

    Ok first of all,can we stop with the “bounty” talk? It was proven Goodell was overreacting. I’m a diehard Saints fan,always have been,always will be.But unlike a lot of you,I’m also a football fan. Did my boys do something wrong? Yes they did.Did they pay for it? More like overpaid. Did they do something every other team does?Yes! But what about all the other “cheating” scandals? Don’t ever hear about “spygate” from you haters.And why is that? Cause that was an AFC team and our teams don’t see them that much,so y’all don’t care about that,unless the Pats beat your team! Also are we forgetting about the game Mike Thomalsion tripped a player on purpose? That was “conduct determinial to the game”. I could go on and on about situations that were equal to or worse than playing aggressive football,or as you haters call it,”bounty program”.And Seahawk fans,your boy Sherman said he “pass interferes” on every play,and maybe he gets called,maybe he doesn’t, but him and his teammates will continue to do so.Is he a very good CB? Yes,but part of the reason is,he gets away with pass interference so much,QBs won’t throw to who he is covering.Because he could make an illegal play on the receiver and not get called,but end up with the interception, that was caused by illegal play.And they don’t want to risk turning the ball over because of an illegal play that didn’t get called. I could go on and on! But I think If made my point. And dleclair2013,great comment,that sums up everything I wanted to say regarding that hit! WHO DAT! WE DAT! And P.S. Saints got some of the best,most loyal,classiest, fans ever! Can Seattle say that? Not after throwing things at a player being carted off the field! WHO DAT NATION has the best,and you haters can share the rest!

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