By John Boyle
First, the obligatory Percy Harvin update. Harvin won’t practice Wednesday, and Carroll didn’t indicate anything about how soon the receiver will return to action.
“Nothing’s changed,” Carroll said. “We’re just trying to see if we can get him back out to work, get him on the field.”
From a health perspective, Brandon Browner is “getting close” Carroll said, but there is still issue of resolution on the cornerback’s appeal of a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Maybe I’m just reading this wrong, but I got a sense from Carroll’s press conference that resolution on that may be coming soon. Generally Carroll has talked about Browner only in terms of injuries, but when asked about Browner Wednesday, Carroll looked at the team’s head of communications and said, “Do we know anything about BB yet? No, OK. We have no official word on what’s going on there.”
Perhaps Carroll was really just asking if there was anything new, but perhaps he also knew something but was checking to see if could be made public yet.
Asked about how long this process has dragged on—Browner had his appeal heard three weeks ago—Carroll said, “It has taken a long time, and we’ve been a little disappointed in that, but we’re handling that.”
As for Browner’s groin injury, Carroll said, “He’s just about getting ready to where he could practice now, getting close. It’s kind of iffy whether he could do it or not. If he was practicing today, he would be able to go in a limited fashion.”
Asked why the team is willing to wait this process out when it could have put Browner on injured reserve and been done with it, Carroll said, “I think in respect to the player and what he’s done and what he offers our team, and we were able to do it because of the versatility of some other guys. Had he come back, who would play? It’s a great question. One of you guys would ask that question a week from now if he was back. Byron’s done a great job. He hasn’t just made it through, he has done a great job of playing. That Wally Pipp story comes to life sometimes, and I’m thrilled about what Byron has done. He’s been such an impact player for us, and we had the opportunity to wait it out and see what was going on, and this injury thing kind of fell into the middle of it all. It has turned out very well for us, we’ve been very fortunate the way it’s turned out so far.”