Seahawks have to wait and see on availability for Percy Harvin
Seahawks and receiver Percy Harvin following NFL’s concussion protocol
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON — In a story told many times before, the Seahawks will have to wait and see if receiver Percy Harvin will be able to play Sunday.
The issue isn’t Harvin’s hip, however, which had kept him from playing all but one game during the regular season. The concern, this time, is a concussion suffered in the first half of the NFC divisional playoff victory Saturday against the New Orleans Saints.
Carroll said there was no update Monday.
“We’ll wait through the week here and see what happens,” he said. “Wednesday and Thursday will be the important days to figure out what’s going on.”
Harvin was evaluated for a concussion twice during the game against the Saints after being on the receiving end of two big hits in his long-awaited return to game action. He will be subject to the NFL-mandated protocol for returning from head injuries, which involves numerous neuropsychological tests and being symptom-free over a number of days as physical activity is increased.
Harvin has to be cleared by a team doctor along with an unaffiliated concussion expert physician approved by the league and players association. One factor potentially playing in Seattle’s favor is that the divisional-round game was played Saturday, which gives Harvin an extra day of rest ahead of the NFC title game Sunday against division rival San Francisco.
Carroll said the time helps but the team will treat the issue “with a ton of respect, take care of Percy and make sure we do the right thing. We’re not going to stress the limits at all. We have to be very careful here, and we’ll do that every step of the way.”
Harvin’s hip injury was not reaggravated during the game.
Wright’s return quite possible
Also in question this week is the return of K.J. Wright from foot surgery, which has kept the linebacker out the past four games.
Carroll said Wright was able to run over the weekend, then again Monday. “He’ll get a rest day tomorrow and then he’ll come back out on Wednesday and we’ll see where he is,” the coach said. “He has a chance. We’re excited about that for him.”
Besides Wright and Harvin, Carroll said the team didn’t have any other injury concerns.
Harbaugh recruited Carroll’s son
Carroll had an unexpected response Monday when asked to think back to his first meeting with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.
The anecdote focused on when Harbaugh was coach of the University of San Diego and not an NFL quarterback.
Said Carroll, smiling: “He did recruit my son (Nate) to go to San Diego. I wasn’t there for the home visit, though. (My wife) Glena took that one.” And did Carroll give his son any advice on that decision? “It didn’t get that far,” he said. “He was going to (USC).”
• Tickets for the game Sunday sold out “within minutes,” the Seahawks announced Monday. The team is encouraging fans to look for tickets through the league’s ticket exchange on Ticketmaster. Tickets also are available through the secondary market.
• The Seahawks-Saints playoff game drew a 48.1 local television rating and an 81 share, according the KCPQ, channel 13.
• Carroll said Monday he wished he would’ve challenged a call when Saints running back Khiry Robinson appeared to fumble the ball, but referees called him down. “To me, it’s worth the timeout, if you can get that turnover,” Carroll said. “Our information told us he was down and the immediate recovery was in question, which was all true ... but I would’ve liked to have put it on the officials to take another look at that.”
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