RENTON — Already with home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs, the Seattle Seahawks might be getting another addition just in time for a playoff run: Percy Harvin.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Harvin will practice when the Seahawks return later this week to prepare for their NFC divisional playoff game on Jan. 11. Carroll said there is no guarantee Harvin will be able to play.
But Harvin has reached a point in his recovery from hip surgery — and a setback following his one game this season — where he can return to practice in time for the postseason.
The news came a day after Seattle wrapped up the NFC West title and the No. 1 seed in the NFC. It’s a stunning turn after Carroll hinted last week that a roster move could be possible with Harvin to clear a roster spot.
Instead, the Seahawks are potentially getting a dynamic playmaker back in time for a playoff run.
“Percy’s going to practice with us when we get back with the intention on playing in this next game,” Carroll said. “We’ll see what happens. That’s the intention and we’ll see how it goes. It’s come to the point where we can go to that and we’ll keep our fingers crossed for him. He wants to contribute and be part of this team, and he’s going to do everything he can to do that. We’ll see what happens.”
Harvin had hip surgery in early August to repair his labrum. He returned to practice in late October and made his Seahawks debut in Week 11 against Minnesota. Harvin had one reception and a 58-yard kickoff return in the victory.
But he’s been absent since that game, unable to overcome what Carroll has called “soreness” in the hip area. Harvin has not practiced since, but Carroll has said there is no additional structural damage.