By John Boyle
As expected, Percy Harvin was back on the practice field with the Seahawks Thursday, marking the receivers’ first practice since he made his lone appearance of the season in Seattle’s Nov. 17 win over Minnesota.
Because the Seahawks don’t play this weekend, they are not required to put out an injury report, so no indication is available of how much work he was able to do, though hopefully Pete Carroll can shed more light on that when he is available Friday.
While Harvin, who had hip surgery before the season, took a positive step Thursday returning to action, what he does Friday should be more telling. If Harvin feels well enough to practice for a second straight day, that would be a very encouraging sign for his chances of playing when the Seahawks host their first playoff game on Nov. 11. If Harvin is held out, the will-he-won’t-he will continue through next week.
“To see Percy Harvin out there is exciting, we’ve been wanting him out there the whole year, obviously,” quarterback Russell Wilson said. “But the guys who have stepped up have done a tremendous job, they’ve really done a great job. If we can get Percy Harvin back—he’s one of the best players in the National Football league, so to get him back on the field, you see his effect, you can sense his ability. Just having out here, I’m happy for him. I hope he can play, get out there and get that feeling again of being a big-time football player that he always has been. We’re excited about that if that is the case.
Wilson said he threw to Harvin in a workout Monday and that he thinks the receiver looks good.
“He’s ready to go, I think, but we’ll see,” Wilson said. “You’ve got to listen to the trainers and Coach Carroll and how he’s feeling. That just adds another element to our game. If we can add Percy Harvin, he’s explosive as can be, he has a great knack for the game, he’s very physical, loves to make big-time plays. If we can get him out there, that’d be great if that’s the case.”
On the ups and downs of this injury process, Wilson said, “Percy Harvin has done a tremendous job of keeping his head up and continuing to focus on what he can control. At the end of the day you can only control what you can control, and he’s done a tremendous job, the trainers have done a great job with him making sure he’s ready to go. We want him at 100 percent. Whenever he’s ready to go, we want to make sure Percy Harvin is ready to go. If he is, man, that’s something else. He can make a lot of plays for us, he can do a lot of special things. He’s done a tremendous job of staying focused on what he can do to keep himself healthy and prepare and get his legs ready to go.”