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Saturday in Hawkville: Percy Harvin won’t play Monday at St. Louis Rams

Posted Oct 26, 2013

Percy Harvin has returned to practice with the Seahawks, but the first game action for the versatile receiver/returner/runner will have to wait at least another week.

A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 26, which was Saturday everywhere else but “No Repeat Friday” in Hawkville because this week’s game is on Monday night:

WORDS OF THE DAY: NOT YET

That was the word from coach Pete Carroll after practice on Saturday when asked about Percy Harvin returning for Monday night’s game against the Rams in St. Louis.

“He won’t be playing in this game,” Carroll said. “He won’t be able to do this this quick.”

Harvin, who had hip surgery on Aug. 1, returned to practice this week. But after working on Tuesday and Thursday, he was given Friday and Saturday off because, Carroll said, he was sore.

“We’re managing his rehabilitation and trying to do it really right,” Carroll said. “We worked him hard, then we rested him. We’ll continue to do that until his conditioning is caught up and he’s ready to go.

“He looked great when we were working him. Then we needed to rest him to make sure he can handle the workload. He’s a hard-charger. He’s not going to sit back. When he goes, he goes. So we’ve got to make sure and manage that really well. We’re totally pleased at how he’s worked to get back and as soon as we can do it we will. But when it’s right.”

The when-will-he-play clock will start ticking again next week. Harvin, who started the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list, has a roster exemption until the team decides to add him to the 53-man roster.

“We’re really excited about getting this close to his return,” Carroll said. “We’ll just have to see when it’s right to do that.”

INJURY REPORT: BOBBY WAGNER EXPECTED TO RETURN AGAINST RAMS

STAT DU JOUR: FAST STARTS, STRONG FINISHES

As Pete Carroll is fond of saying, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.” The Seahawks have the finishing thing down pretty well this season, but everyone from Carroll to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell to quarterback Russell Wilson would like to see the offense start faster. Here’s a look at how the offense has done to start the first seven games:

at Carolina
First drive: 3-and-out
First-quarter points: 0

San Francisco
First drive: 3-and-out; blocked punt
First-quarter points: 0

Jacksonville
First drive: 3-and-out
First-quarter points: 7; TD on second possession

at Houston
First drive: Field goal; four-play, 40-yard drive
First-quarter points: 3

at Indianapolis
First drive: Field goal; five-play, 28-yard drive
First-quarter points: 12; TD on second possession and a safety

Tennessee
First drive: 4 plays, punt
First-quarter points: 0

at Arizona
First drive: TD; five-play, 83-yard drive
First-quarter points: 7

The Seahawks’ 29 first-quarter points are by far their fewest in any quarter, as they’ve scored progressively more points in each of the other three quarters – 49 in the second, 53 in the third and 57 in the fourth.

“I think it’s been a conscious effort to try and improve our start,” Bevell said of 19 of those 29 first-quarter points coming in the past two road games. “We finished well and kind of get into a flow later. We’ve made a good effort to try to get started. … We’re trying to score on every single drive. But in the last few weeks, we’ve been able to get on a pretty good roll early and then kind of been able to continue it.”

The official end-of-the-week status report, as issued by the team:

Out

FB Derrick Coleman (hamstring)
OT Breno Giacomini (knee)
SS Jeron Johnson (hamstring)

Probable

RB Christine Michael (illness)
WR Golden Tate (shoulder)
MLB Bobby Wagner (ankle)

Wagner, the team’s leading tackler before sitting out the past two games with a sprained ankle, is expected to return against the Rams – two to three weeks ahead of schedule – unless something happens between now and game time, Carroll said.

For the Rams:

Questionable

RB Benny Cunningham (ankle)
CB Cortland Finnegan (thigh)
C Scott Wells (thigh)

Wells was limited in practice on Saturday, when Cunningham and Finnegan did not practice.

PLAYER WATCH: MICHAEL ROBINSON

The veteran fullback and special-teams standout just rejoined the team on Tuesday, but he will play against the Rams – in both capacities.

“We’re going to count on Mike to jump right in,” Carroll said. “He’s going to be right in the flow of the game and play just like normal. We haven’t had to change anything. He’s picked up, like you would think he would, right where he left off. He looks good. He’s in good shape. He’s taken good care of himself. So we’re anxious to get him involved in the game.”

Robinson, who went to the Pro Bowl after the 2011 season and was a special teams co-captain the past two seasons, was released on the roster cut to 53 player in late August after battling a medical issue that he talked about on Tuesday.

YOU DON'T SAY

Earl Thomas plays everywhere. He plays deep. He plays shallow. Sometimes he starts deep and he steals something shallow. Just a great football player.”

Rams QB Kellen Clemens on Seahawks All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas

Robinson’s return was tied to Coleman being out indefinitely after injuring a hamstring in last week’s game against the Cardinals in Arizona.

UP NEXT: ON TO ST. LOUIS

The players will have a walkthrough at VMAC on Sunday morning before the team flies to St. Louis for Monday night’s game.

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