By John Boyle Herald Writer
On Friday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was quoted in USA Today saying that if Percy Harvin needed hip surgery, he would not play this year. A day later, Carroll said that wasn’t necessarily the case. For now, the Seahawks are still waiting for Harvin to get a second opinion in New York next week to decide if surgery is even needed, or if the injury is something the receiver could play through this year.
“Percy’s going to get a second opinion, and there’s a whole array of situations could occur,” Carroll said. “We have to wait and see. It’s everything from he might be back here in a couple of weeks and be ready to go, 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. And we don’t know that right now. It’s just something we just have to wait on. He’s really frustrated, because he wants to play so bad, he wants to be on the field. 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.
Asked if he was concerned about Harvin missing the season, Carroll said, “I don’t even know, I don’t know that. We’ll just wait and see. We know that there have been guys with a similar injury who play, and there’s been guys with a similar injury who don’t and it takes some times or takes some procedures, so we just have to wait it out and find out. We’re just going to be as diligent about that as possible and take care of him. He’s a great kid, he’s dying to get on the practice field, and we’re going to see when we can get that done.”
Asked more about the timeline of the injury, Carroll reiterated that Harvin worked out with teammates last week and was running fine, but that he reported to camp with a sore hip:
“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.”
And on surgery, Carroll said, “It wouldn’t necessarily be season ending. 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 noted that “Kam Chancellor made it through and he’s OK,” referring to a hip injury the safety had last year that was similar to this one. “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.”
On TE Zach Miller, who is on the PUP list with a foot injury, Carroll said, “This is not going to hurt his development at all, and he’s really close to being back.”
Asked if there was and uncertainty about Miller missing the start of the season, he 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.”
On Michael Robinson, who has sat out the last two days, Carroll said, the fullback “Came in after the first day and his ankle was sore… It kind of surprised all of us. He had no problem with it in the offseason, then after the first day of practice he woke up with a sore ankle.”
Carroll said the injury was ankle discomfort, not a sprain.
Carroll said LB Heath Farwell, who has also missed the last two days is having back spasms but should be back too.
WR Sidney Rice was limited Saturday, but just for rest.
Rookie DT 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.”
As for Korey Toomer, who was placed on the non-football injury list, Carroll said the second-year linebacker suffered the injury while working out on his own getting ready for camp.