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Monday in Hawkville: Percy Harvin scheduled to practice Thursday

Posted Dec 30, 2013

After months of rehabilitation, and two dazzling plays in a Week 11 game against the Vikings, Percy Harvin will practice with the Seahawks this week with the intention of playing in their playoff opener next weekend.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Dec. 30, when it was "Tell The Truth Monday" for the players and coaches after Sunday's 27-9 victory over the St. Louis Rams in their regular-season finale:

WORD OF THE DAY: PERCY

As in Harvin, as in the multitalented player that coach Pete Carroll has been asked about multiple times every week this season – and often more than once during the same interview.

Well, there is finally some news regarding Harvin, who the Seahawks acquired in the March trade with the Minnesota Vikings.

"Percy is going to practice with us when we get back (Thursday) with the intention of playing in this next game," Carroll said during his weekly day-after Q&A session with the media. "And we'll see what happens. That's the intention and we've got to see how he goes.

"He'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 be part of that."

The players are "off" Tuesday and Wednesday and will practice this week on Thursday and Friday as the Seahawks wait to see who will emerge from this weekend's wild-card playoff games as the Seahawks' opponent Jan. 11 at CenturyLink Field. As the NFC's top-seeded team, the Seahawks will host the lowest remaining seed – either the 49ers or Packers, who play Sunday in Green Bay; or the Saints, who play the Eagles in Philadelphia on Saturday.

Asked if anything has changed regarding Harvin, who had hip surgery Aug. 1 and has been limited to a handful of plays in the Week 11 game against the Vikings, Carroll offered, "He's going to practice this week. That's changed."

That fact contradicts national reports over the weekend that Harvin would be placed on injured reserve as early as Monday. That contraction will undoubtedly lead to reports that Carroll has been waiting to unleash Harvin in the playoffs.

"There's no game plan here. There's nothing behind this," Carroll said. "We've got a young guy who's trying to get back on the team and see if he can help his team win. And we'll see if it happens. There's no strategy to this or anything like that. We're just pulling for him, and if he can contribute that would be great."

Carroll wants this, because Harvin wants it so badly. He returned a kickoff 58 yards and also made a falling 17-yard reception against Vikings, but hasn't practiced since.

"It will be a great thing for him, first off," Carroll said. "This guy is a true competitor and he would do anything to play. He's been fighting for some time now, months and months, to try to position himself so that he could get back here. And to his credit, he has not given up on it.

"He's at a place where he has a chance. So we'll see what happens."

STATS 'N STUFF: RICHARD SHERMAN LEADS NFL IN INTERCEPTIONS

All-Pro and Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman has gone where only former Pro Bowl free safety Eugene Robinson had been in franchise history – leading the NFL in interceptions. Sherman did it this season with eight, matching his career-best total from last season. Robinson did it in 1993, when he had nine.

STAT DU JOUR: THE GOLDEN TOUCH

Golden Tate became the eighth player in the past eight seasons to lead the Seahawks in receptions. Here's a look at the group he joined:

Season Player No. Yards TD
2013 Golden Tate 64 898 5
2012 Sidney Rice 50 748 7
2011 Doug Baldwin 51 788 4
2010 Mike Williams 65 751 2
2009 T.J. Houshmandzadeh 79 911 3
2008 John Carlson 55 627 5
2007 Bobby Engram 94 1,147 6
2006 Darrell Jackson 63 956 10

Marshawn Lynch scored a career-high 14 touchdowns to tie for third in the league among non-kickers with 84 points, while Steven Hauschka was fourth in the league with 143 points – the second-highest total in the franchise history behind Shaun Alexander's 168 in 2005. Lynch also was sixth in the league in rushing yards (1,257) and total yards (1,573) – thanks to a career-best 337 receiving yards – and fifth in first downs (80). Hauschka was eighth in touchbacks (48).

Russell Wilson was seventh in passer rating (101.2) and 11th in third-down passer rating (90.0).

The Seahawks allowed 82 punt return yards to finish second to the Rams (79). Golden Tate was ninth in punt-return average (11.5).

As a team, the Seahawks ranked No. 1 in average yards (273.6) and average passing yards (172.0) allowed and tied for seventh in average rushing yards allowed (101.6). The offense was No. 4 in average rushing yards (136.8), No. 17 in average yards (339.0) and No. 26 in average passing yards (202.3).

UP NEXT: PLAYOFF TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY AT 10 A.M.

Tickets to the Seahawks' first playoff game – Jan. 11 against either the 49ers, Saints or Packers – go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday. They are available at Seahawks.com or TicketMaster.

After having Tuesday and Wednesday off, the players will hold bonus practices on Thursday and Friday. They'll also have Saturday and Sunday off.

UP NEXT SEASON: A 2014 LINEUP OF PLAYOFF OPPONENTS

YOU DON'T SAY

"I don't think it hit me yet. I'm just ready for what's coming next, because you've got to keep tunnel vision. We did what we wanted. But we've still got some business left out there."

All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas after the Seahawks clinched the NFC West

The Seahawks will play half their games in 2014 against teams that made the playoffs in 2013. Here's their home and away lineup, with the dates to be announced in March or April:

Home Away
49ers 49ers
Cardinals Cardinals
Rams Rams
Cowboys Eagles
Giants Redskins
Broncos Chiefs
Raiders Chargers
Packers Panthers

Note: The 49ers, Broncos, Packers, Eagles, Chiefs, Chargers and Panthers are in the playoffs this season

Game Rewind: Seattle Seahawks