Hip is still sore, so Percy Harvin is doubtful Monday for the Seahawks
Seahawks continue to take it slow and easy with explosive receiver
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON — A day after Percy Harvin made his electrifying Seahawks debut Nov. 17 against the Vikings, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said the receiver would now be ready for anything the team asked of him.
“He’s back,’’ Carroll said with a smile. “He’s in.’’
That declaration, though, appears to have been a little premature as the Seahawks on Saturday listed Harvin as doubtful to play Monday against the Saints as he struggles to get past soreness in his surgically repaired hip.
Harvin, acquired from Minnesota in March for three draft choices and then signed to a contract that guarantees him $25.5 million, did not participate in practice all week.
It wasn’t a complete surprise early that Harvin hadn’t practiced because Carroll said Wednesday that the team would manage Harvin’s practice reps while he continued to get in full playing shape.
Saturday, though, Carroll said Harvin’s hip continued to be too sore to practice and that the Seahawks won’t know for sure if he can play until Monday.
“I thought that we would have from day-to-day a chance to get him back,’’ Carroll said. “We kept him in rehabilitation throughout the week. His hip was just sore coming out of the game and we thought he would get back. …
“He’s had a lot of stuff done to help him. We’ll just have to wait and go all the way to Monday with this to see what happens. But unfortunately, he didn’t make it back like we thought he would. It’s more important for us to get him back for the longer haul. So if we wait another couple days here and get through the week, I thought with the days off it would all work together. But it didn’t work out quite right for us, so unfortunately he didn’t make it.’’
Carroll said the team has “looked at everything’’ in Harvin’s hip and has found no evidence of any new injury.
“We don’t see any big issue structurally,’’ Carroll said. “It’s just responding from the load of the game. And he only had 19 plays and 16 active plays in there, so it wasn’t very much. But he’s just sore and so we don’t want to push beyond that right now. It’s not worth it.
“He just hasn’t gotten rid of the soreness from the game and we thought it would go with the week break and all that, but it’s just lasted longer than we thought and with anything at all not right we are not going with it. We are going to make sure he’s 100 percent before we go. There is a lot of stuff he could do right now — he could go out and run around. But he is just not quite perfect for it so we are going to wait.’’
Harvin had a 58-yard kickoff return to set up one touchdown in Seattle’s 41-20 victory over the Vikings, and a one-handed 17-yard reception on a third-and-10 play to set up another.
If Harvin cannot play, Jermaine Kearse likely will resume kickoff return duties as he has recovered from a concussion suffered against the Vikings.
• Carroll said the team cut cornerback Perrish Cox on Wednesday — a day after signing him as a free agent — because of the uncertainty of whether and for how long Brandon Browner will be suspended. Browner had his appeal heard by the NFL on Wednesday regarding possibly being suspended for a year for violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.
Carroll said the team hopes to know by the middle of the week if Browner will be suspended and for how long. Browner is sidelined with a groin injury, but if he is suspended for a shorter period of time he could potentially make it back for the end of the regular season and playoffs. “We didn’t know what we would do with Brandon really at the time, and we are still waiting to figure out what his status is going to be,’’ Carroll said. “So that is really what happened, keeping that (roster) spot alive.’’
• Harvin and Browner are the only two players on the active roster at danger of missing Monday’s game due to injury.
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