By John Boyle
First the important stuff. A new little detail from the Pete Carroll-Jim Harbaugh rivalry has come to light Monday afternoon. Or at least one that’s new as far as I know.
Carroll was asked Monday when he and Harbaugh first met, and he noted he coached against Harbaugh when Harbaugh was still an NFL quarterback, then added that, when Harbaugh was the coach at the University of San Diego, he apparently tried to recruit Pete’s son Nate, who ended up going to USC.
“He did recruit my son to go to San Diego,” Carroll said. “I wasn’t there for the home visit though. Glena took that one.”
Apparently whatever Harbaugh had to say to Carroll’s son and wife, it didn’t change Nate Carroll’s fate: “It didn’t get that far. He was going to SC.”
OK, onto some actual news, or in the case of Percy Harvin, a lack thereof. As expected, Carroll doesn’t know yet if the concussed receiver will be cleared this week, because the league’s concussion protocol takes a good chunk of the week for a player to get through.
“Not yet,” Carroll said when asked for an update. “We’ll wait through the week here and see what happens. Wednesday, Thursday will be the important days to figure out what’s going on.”
The good news, for Harvin, however, is that his hip is feeling fine, Carroll said: “He came out very well. We’re way ahead of the game on that one.”
Harvin does have the benefit of an extra day because the Seahawks played Saturday, and while that helps his chances of getting back, Carroll said they won’t risk Harvin’s health, even with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.
“Certainly, yes it does,” Carroll said when asked if the extra day could help. “We’ll see what happens, but we’re going to treat with respect. We’re going to respect the heck out of this, we’re going to take care of Percy and make sure we do the right thing. We’re not going to stretch the limits on this at all. We’ve got to be very careful here, so we’ll do that every step of the way.”
On Harvin’s limited appearance, Carroll said, “Shoot, he looked good. He was making some plays. You saw Russell go to him. He caught three balls, and he could have had five. It’s just unfortunate that he got hammered a couple of times. I thought those were legitimate plays and all of that, but just unfortunate for him in trying to make his comeback and get out there.”
Asked a follow up on the “legitimate plays” comment, Carroll said, “I think the guy was doing the best he could. They flagged him, and I thought that was legit, then they didn’t flag the guy on the other one, and I thought that was legit.”
Seattle’s only other injury concern this week is whether or not linebacker K.J. Wright will make it back. Wright has been out since fracturing his foot in Seattle’s loss in San Francisco last month, an injury that required surgery, but he has been running, and has a chance to play this weekend, Carroll said.
“K.J. Wright has a chance, yeah,” he said. “We’re going to take a look at him on Wednesday. He ran well today and over the weekend. He’ll get a rest day tomorrow, then he’ll come back out on Wednesday and we’ll see where he is. He has a chance, we’re excited about that for him.”