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November 12, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Morning links: Harvin back this week?

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The big story all week is going to be monitoring the progress of receiver Percy Harvin (above in a Bettina Hansen photo from when he returned to practice a weeks ago).

I detailed in today’s paper how the team activated him yesterday to its 53-man roster.

No doubt Harvin probably wants to play against his former team, and it would make for a good subplot to the game.

The team may care more about making sure Harvin is 100 percent — and most importantly, not at risk of quickly getting re-injured — than him playing against the Vikings.

Harvin is expected to practice Wednesday, and my hunch is there may be no official finality to this until late in the week, if then.

As my story also detailed today, the Seahawks offense could get back what are technically four starting players, while the defense is going to be without one in cornerback Brandon Browner (though likely getting back Red Bryant). Injuries are an inevitable part of a season, and while the Browner loss will hurt, in the big picture Seattle has done well to weather the storm so far and appears to be getting healthier at the right time.

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— NFL.com quotes an anonymous source saying Harvin plans to play;

— Seahawks.com also puts its focus on Harvin;

— And Seahawks.com wraps up the rest of the day;

— If the season ended today, the Seahawks would host either the Lions, Panthers or 49ers in the divisional playoff round;

— The National Football Post makes a case for Earl Thomas as NFL Defensive Player of the Year;

— Atlanta safety William Moore says he thinks Marshawn Lynch should be fined for the play in which he stiff-armed him early in the game (Moore claims he grabbed his facemask);

Roddy White said his slap at Richard Sherman was no big deal in the last item of this ESPN further review from the Atlanta side;

— ESPN takes a further review of the win over Atlanta;

Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com has Seattle No. 1 in his weekly power rankings;

— SBNation says Golden Tate made it look easy in Atlanta;

— Vikings.com with a preview of the Minnesota-Seattle game Sunday;

— The game also means a return to Seattle for former Seahawk tight end John Carlson;

— Minnesota QB Christian Ponder expects to play against Seattle;

— Vikings WR Jerome Simpson also says he plans to play despite being arrested on suspicion of DUI over the weekend;

— More Vikings notes here;

— Finally, Peter King says to watch out for the Lions and Carolina in the NFC.

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