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Monday in Hawkville: The long wait is over for Percy Harvin, and the Seahawks

Posted Oct 21, 2013

After being on the physically-unable-to-perform list since Aug. 27 following hip surgery, receiver/returner/runner Percy Harvin returned to the Seahawks on Monday.


A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 21, when the players had an “off” day while the coaches were putting together the game plan for next Monday night’s game against the Rams in St. Louis:

WORD OF THE DAY: PERCY

As in Harvin. As in the Seahawks’ big acquisition this offseason. The versatile player who was acquired in a March 12 trade with the Minnesota Vikings had hip surgery during training camp and has been on the physically-unable-to-perform list since Aug. 27.

YOU DON'T SAY

“With (Chris) Clemons approaching peak form after offseason knee surgery it’s hard to figure out who offensive coordinators should game-plan to stop on that Seattle front. For individual talent, Seattle and Kansas City have the biggest-impact front sevens in the league.”

Peter King in the 'I think this is what I liked in Week 7' section of his Monday Morning Quarterback at SI.com

But that changed Monday, when Harvin rejoined the team and worked out with quarterback Russell Wilson on a day when the team did not practice.

Harvin now has a three-week window to practice with the team, and the team has a roster exemption for Harvin during that time.

Coach Pete Carroll offered this assessment of Harvin’s status following Thursday night’s game against the Cardinals in Arizona: “He’s a great football player. He’s a guy we cherish, when we went after him and all that. But our expectation is, like I said from the start, we’re going to fit him in. Fit him in to help this team in any way that he can, which is exactly what he wants to do. We’ll grow with him also. It won’t all come out the first time we get on the field. We’re not changing what we’re doing. We’re just going to try to fit him in and welcome him to be part of it when the time is right. I don’t know when that time is, honestly.”

But Monday was a needed next step for Harvin, who was a threat as a receiver, kickoff returner and runner for the Vikings.

“One of the best football players in the National Football League,” Wilson said when asked about Harvin after the game against the Cardinals. “Makes a lot of plays. Can do a lot of great things. When you have him on the field, he’s just so electric. And we haven’t even used him yet. So I just think about Percy Harvin, a guy who just loves the game of football, a guy that’s so competitive.

“When he does come back, whenever that is, we’re looking forward to that moment.”  

STATS ’N STUFF: MARSHAWN LYNCH RUNS TO NO. 2 AMONG NFL RUSHERS

STAT DU JOUR: IT REALLY IS ALL ABOUT THE BALL

As it says that on a large sign in the defensive meeting room at VMAC, “It’s all about the ball.” Carroll also says that a lot, as do his players. But it’s not just talk, as the 6-1 Seahawks are among the league leaders in takeaways, interceptions and turnover differential. Here’s where they rank in each of those talking-point categories:

Total takeaways
Team No.
Seahawks 19
Chiefs 19
Bears 18
Bills 15
Cowboys 15
49ers 15
Cardinals 15

Interceptions
Team No.
Bills 12
Seahawks 11
Chiefs 10
Bears 10
Lions 10

Turnover differential
Team Differential
Chiefs plus 11
Seahawks plus 7
Colts plus 7
Bears plsu 7
Titans plus 6

Another 90-yard rushing performance and look who’s moved into the No. 2 spot in the NFL in rushing: Marshawn Lynch. He was No. 3 in the league going into Thursday night’s game against the Cardinals, but has moved up a spot after rushing for 91 yards on 21 carries. His 578 yards rank second to the Eagles’ LeSean McCoy (685). Lynch also scored his seventh touchdown against the Cardinals so he’s No. 1 in the NFC (5th NFL) in scoring among non-kickers with 42 points. And, he’s No. 4 in combined rushing and receiving yards (755) and tied for fifth in first downs (36).

All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas had his fourth interception against the Cardinals, which puts him in a five-way tie for the league lead. All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman is tied for third in the NFC (6th NFL) with three.

Kicker Steven Hauschka is third in the league with 67 points, just a field goal behind the Broncos’ Matt Prater (70) and a PAT behind the Patriots’ Stephen Gostkowski (68). Hauschka also is tied for fifth with 26 touchbacks on his kickoffs. Golden Tate is No. 5 in punt return average (12.0).

Wilson has moved back into the Top 10 in passer rating. He’s No. 7 at 97.2. Wilson also leads all NFL quarterbacks with 323 rushing yards.

As a team, the Seahawks’ defense is No. 2 in average yards allowed (282.1) and average passing yards allowed (190.6); the offense is No. 2 in average rushing yards (154.4); and the Seahawks also are tied for second in turnover differential (plus-7) and No. 2 with 11 interceptions – but they have 19 takeaways to share the league lead with the Chiefs. The offense is No. 10 in average yards (368.6) and No. 25 in average passing yards (214.1). The defense is No. 6 in average rushing yards allowed (91.6). They were No. 11 last week.

Thomas continues to lead the defense in tackles (47), while Heath Farwell and Jeremy Lane are tied for coverage tackles on special teams (five).

UP NEXT: “BONUS DAY” PRACTICE

The players were “off” again on Monday, but return on Tuesday for a “Bonus Day” practice because of the Monday night game against the Rams in St. Louis. The players then will get their usual “off” day – but on Wednesday rather than Tuesday as everything is pushed back a day this week.