FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets acquired wide receiver Percy Harvin from the Seattle Seahawks.
Two people familiar with the trade told The Associated Press on Friday that Harvin, a star in last season’s Super Bowl but injury prone through his career, was headed to the Jets. The people spoke anonymously because the deal wasn’t officially announced by either club.
The 26-year-old Harvin has played in only 43 career games since being a first-round pick (22nd overall) by Minnesota in 2009. He was traded to the Seahawks in 2013, appearing in just one regular-season game because of hip surgery. But he had two rushes for 45 yards and ran back the second-half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown in Seattle’s 43-8 win over Denver in the Super Bowl.
The deal was first reported by Fox Sports.
New York gave up a conditional draft pick.
BENJAMIN BACK TO PRACTICE, QUESTIONABLE: In Charlotte, North Carolina, Panthers rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin has returned to practice, but his status remains questionable for Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Friday Benjamin remains in the concussion protocol and will need to be cleared by an independent physician Saturday before being allowed to play.
Benjamin leads the Panthers with 416 yards receiving and has four touchdowns.
Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart is expected to start against the Packers after missing the last three games because of a sprained knee.
Running backs DeAngelo Williams and Fozzy Whittaker, guard Amini Silatoul, cornerback Bene Benwikere and linebacker Chase Blackburn are doubtful.
CLOWNEY BACK AT PRACTICE, HOPES TO PLAY MONDAY: In Houston, No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney returned to practice and hopes to play on Monday night when Houston meets the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Clowney practiced Friday in a limited capacity for the first time since having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Coach Bill O’Brien says they’ll decide before the game on Monday if he can play.
The outside linebacker was injured in the season-opener on Sept. 7 and had surgery the next day. It was the third injury for the former South Carolina standout since he was drafted in May.
He had sports hernia surgery in the offseason and suffered a concussion during training camp.
BURFICT FINE CONFIRMED: In New York, the $25,000 fine assessed to Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict was confirmed Friday by the NFL.
Burfict was fined for twisting an opponent’s leg twice after the play was over in the third and fourth quarters of a 37-37 tie with Carolina. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and tight end Greg Olsen were the victims.
The fine was reported by The Associated Press earlier this week.
Chicago safety Ryan Mundy was fined $22,050 for striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area in a 27-13 win at Atlanta. He hit Falcons receiver Roddy White.
Fined $8,268 each were Denver linebacker Lamin Barrow, a former LSU standout, for throwing a punch against the Jets, and Giants center Weston Richburg for striking an opponent late. He hit Philadelphia’s Fletcher Cox.
Burfict received two personal foul penalties and also angered the Panthers, who complained about Burfict twisting Newton’s surgically repaired left ankle after he scored on a touchdown run. The Pro Bowl linebacker also twisted Olsen’s left ankle after he caught a touchdown pass and was tackled.