By John Boyle Herald Writer
RENTON — No decision has been made yet on receiver Percy Harvin, who is currently on the physically unable to perform list with a hip injury, and at this point, just about all options are still on the table, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said.
Harvin will fly to New York to get a second opinion next week, and while the Seahawks remain optimistic that one of their biggest offseason acquisitions won’t miss a significant amount of time, Carroll acknowledged that just about anything is possible right now, from Harvin being back in a couple of weeks to needing season-ending surgery.
“We have to wait and see,” Carroll said. “It’s everything from he might be back here in a couple of weeks and be ready to go, to there may be some procedure that needs to take place, and there are a number of different ways that that could happen, and the lengths of recovery depend on what has to take place. So it’s uncertain right now, but for sure we’re going to take our time, we’re going to be very patient and let the docs get a good look at, make sure everybody’s got there two cents in on it and we know exactly where it sits, and then we’ll see what the next step holds.”
Carroll did, however, dispute a report yesterday that quoted him as saying any surgery would be season-ending.
“(Surgery) wouldn’t necessarily be season ending,” Carroll said. “That’s one of the scenarios it could be, but the likelihood of getting back just depends on what they have to do. There’s a whole array of different circumstances — some guy make it right back, some guys take longer. That’s a possibility, but we’re hoping that’s not the probability, we’re thinking it’s going to be better than that.”
Carroll also clarified that Harvin worked out with teammates last week, who reported that he was running fine, and then, “When he reported, he just felt really sore, some soreness in the hip, so we had to take another look and start digging at the information, and it showed that there’s something we have to work through to figure out how it works, so we don’t know yet.”
The Seahawks are hoping Harvin can end up like safety Kam Chancellor, who had a similar hip injury last year and played through it.
“Kam Chancellor made it through and he’s OK,” he said. “We know that there’s a chance it can be all right, so we just have to keep our fingers crossed — we’re pretty optimistically minded around here — and try to take as much time as we need to make a really good decision to take care of him in the best way possible.”
And while there has been some media talk, especially out of Minnesota, that Harvin is a player who will go out of his way to avoid practice, Carroll said that isn’t the case here.
“He’s really frustrated, because he wants to play so bad, he wants to be on the field,” Carroll said. “It’s killing him not to be out there, but we just have to be really smart about and because it’s so early, we have a lot of time and we’re going to utilize it.”
Tight end Zach Miller, who is on the PUP list with a foot injury is “Really close to being back,” Carroll said.
When asked if there was and uncertainty about Miller missing the start of the season, Carroll said, “Oh no, not at all. Once he comes back he’s got to stay OK. … We’re not worried about that at all unless there are some setbacks later.
Fullback Michael Robinson, who has missed the last two days of practice, has a sore ankle that came up following the opening day of camp, Carroll said, explaining that the injury was ankle discomfort, not a sprain.
Linebacker Heath Farwell has missed the last two days with back spasms, but should be back soon, Carroll said. Rookie defensive tackle Jesse Williams was also held out with a sore knee.
“He had a little tweak yesterday, but nothing serious,” Carroll said. “Just resting him and taking care of him.”
Second-year linebacker Korey Toomer, who was placed on the non-football injury list, suffered the injury while working out on his own getting ready for camp, Carroll said.
Seahawks add pass rusher
The Seahawks acquired another pass rusher Saturday, claiming linebacker O’Brien Schofield off of waivers after he was released by Arizona, which just signed veteran John Abraham.
If healthy, Schofield could help bolster the Seahawks’ pass rush as either an outside linebacker or “Leo” defensive end. He had four sacks last season as a starter before suffering a season-ending injury nine games into the season, and had 4.5 sacks the previous year.
Schofield, who is a cousin of former Seahawks receiver Bobby Engram, was a fourth-round pick in 2010 after seeing his draft stock fall following a torn ACL in the Senior Bowl. He returned midway through his rookie season, played all of 2011, then was a starter last year before suffering the ankle injury.
Tackle Jake Bscherer was released to make room on the 90-man roster.
Herald Writer John Boyle: firstname.lastname@example.org.