By John Boyle
Lots of players are getting back to work this week for the Seahawks, but one who appears to be out for a while is cornerback Brandon Browner. Pete Carroll said had no further update from what he knew Monday, but again said, “It’s a pretty serious deal, and we’ll take all week to figure out where it fits and see how he’s responding and all that kind of stuff.”
Percy Harvin is returning to practice today, as expected. Asked if the Seahawks will ease Harvin back in, perhaps limiting his snaps whenever the receiver returns, Carroll said, “We’re just going to bring him back appropriately, whatever that is. We’ll figure that out plays wise and how much we got to him and all of that, but we’re not going to play him unless he’s ready to go full speed and all of that. If you look at where he is, he would be like guys coming out of camp to his first preseason game. We’ll be careful with it, we need to see where he is and how he reacts and responds to the days and then we’ll just kind of determine it as we go. There’s not a grand plan here, because we don’t have enough information yet.”
Asked if he’s encouraged by Harvin’s recovery thus far, Carroll said, “He’s ready to go today, he’s ready to come out and work. That doesn’t mean he’s going to play in this game, we don’t know that yet. He’s got to make it through the practices. He feels 100 percent, he feels like he’s ready to go for it. He’s running really hard. I’ve seen him on the practice field a lot, watched him in his workouts, and he’s on it, so it’s a pretty exciting time. We’re all encouraged.”
As for the topic of kick returns, Carroll said despite the injury, Harvin will “Absolutely” return kicks this year at some point, though that may not happen right off the bat: “I’m counting on that. We’re going to wait until he’s able to play a full game and we know he’s back and all of that. There’s no rush in that at all. But I know he wants to get the opening kickoff first chance he gets. He’s exactly in the right frame of mind about that, but we’ll take a little bit of time to make sure he’s ready, he’s in great condition and he can handle all of that.”
On Breno Giacomini and Russell Okung, who could both return from injuries this week, Carroll said, “These guys are all in the one-day-at-a-time process of showing us that they’re OK and are capable. Breno and Russell Okung will practice today, then we’ll see how they are tomorrow and just keep going, and we’ll make a decision late in the week where all these guys fit in. we won’t really know officially until we get to gametime, but they have to endure the days and show that they’re capable and all of that.”
Max Unger and Red Bryant, who both sat out with concussions last week, will practice today, Carroll said. So too will DT Jordan Hill (biceps), FB Derrick Coleman (hamstring) and S Jeron Johnson (hamstring).
DT Tony McDaniel, who injured his hamstring Sunday, will not go today.
“We’re really excited about the guys coming back,” Carroll said. “There are a number of guys who return to the practice field today. For those guys who want to play so much and contribute and be part of the team, it’s really exciting for them… That’s a lot of guys returning in one week, and you can feel it in locker room, you can feel it on the practice field. We’re in a good spot and hopefully we can take advantage of it.”