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Focus on: Percy Harvin
Another day, another development in Percy Harvin’s possible return to action for the Seahawks.
The versatile receiver/returner/runner practiced Friday for the second consecutive day during the Seahawks’ playoff bye week, and did a lot more than he had Thursday. It was a positive step for the team, and especially Harvin, as far as his availability for next Saturday’s divisional playoff game at CenturyLink Field.
“He really did fine,” coach Pete Carroll said of Harvin, who had hip surgery Aug. 1 and has played in only one game this season. “He looked (good), and I think he felt pretty good about it.”
Harvin took part in just about every phase of Friday’s sun-drenched practice that was held along the shore of Lake Washington at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. He looked fluid and explosive while catching one pass in the first full-team session and then got behind the defense to catch a long pass from quarterback Russell Wilson in a 7-on-7 drill.
Harvin, who was obtained in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings last March, already has made ample progress just being able to practice on back-to-back days. His return from the hip surgery hit its peak in the Week 11 win over the Vikings, when he had a 58-yard kickoff return and also tipped and controlled a pass while he was falling to the turf for a 17-yard reception against his former team. But he has not played, and rarely practiced, since that game on Nov. 17 at CenturyLink Field.
“He’s very encouraged, and we’re excited for him,” Carroll said.
Harvin’s status remains day-to-day and, as always, will be impacted by how practicing one day leaves his hip feeling the next day.
“We’ll just keep working until we have more information,” Carroll said after being asked when he might have a handle on Harvin’s status for next week’s game. “We will not rush to the decision at any time. We’ll continue to take all the information in and encourage him and be encouraged by his efforts and stuff and see what happens.”
If physically able to play, Harvin already is mentally prepared.
“He definitely knows what we’re doing and understands the offense and can execute,” Carroll said. “He looked really sharp today, for not being out there. It’s hard to imagine, but because of the background with Bev (offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who also was Harvin’s OC with the Vikings) and he’s done a good job staying with the system and keeping up all along.”
Just watching Harvin reach his current status has impressed Carroll.
“I’m really proud of him,” Carroll said. “I’m so excited about how he’s fought to get to this point. He would not back off it. He might have had the opportunity to waver and kind of give into it, ‘OK, I’ll just have to wait.’ He’s been challenged, because it means so much to him.
“So I’m just proud of him that he’s made it to this point, whether he plays or not.” Read