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#HawksMailbag - November 12: When can we expect to see Percy Harvin?

Posted Nov 12, 2013

Answering your questions about the club on a weekly basis.

Welcome to another edition of #HawksMailbag here on Seahawks.com, where we take the time to answer your questions about the club.

Yesterday, wide receiver Percy Harvin was added to the Seahawks 53-man roster from the team's physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Needless to say, the 12th Man had some questions about what exactly that means moving forward. So, here we go.

Monday's roster move with wide receiver Percy Harvin signifies the Seahawks expect him to play at some point this season, but when that is will fully depend on how Harvin responds to the week of practice. Head coach Pete Carroll said Harvin needs to show he can sustain through each practice session this week and prove that the rehab from his August 1 hip surgery has paid off before the club will throw him into game action.

"To us, it’s not a pressure decision," Carroll said of Harvin's status for Week 11 against his former team - the Minnesota Vikings. "We’re going to try, again, to consider all the factors and make sure we’re doing it right and make a real good choice as we get our information."

Not to take the wind out of the 12th Man's sails, but it is worth noting that Harvin had to be moved to the active roster this week if the Seahawks wanted him to play this year. Harvin was designated as "returned to practice" three weeks ago, and once a player on PUP returns to practice the team has 21 days to either move that player to the active roster, or deactivate that player for the rest of the season. So, barring any major setback in his recovery from hip surgery, Harvin was going to be activated this week at the very latest.

Also of note, the Seahawks have a bye week after Sunday's game against the Vikings that could further sway their decision to utilize Harvin, as holding him out this week would effectively give Harvin two full weeks of preparation heading into the team's Monday night game against the New Orleans Saints in Week 13.

We'll know much more on Harvin's status for Sunday as the week rolls along, so please continue to bear with us. After all, patience is a virtue, right?

Percy Harvin never returned a single punt in his four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, so it's likely fellow wide receiver Golden Tate will hold on to those duties, and for good reason. "Showtime" Tate has been electric in that category, averaging 13.7 yards per punt return (5th NFL) this season, including a career-long of 71 yards that sparked the team's Week 9 comeback win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tate's 384 punt return yards rank second in the League behind Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster (387).

Harvin is more likely to see opportunities in the kick return game in place of second-year wideout Jermaine Kearse. Harvin has averaged 27.9 yards per kickoff return in his career and racked up 3,183 yards and five touchdowns bringing back kicks in Minnesota. When Harvin was first introduced to the media back in March it was evident that head coach Pete Carroll was ready and willing to have Harvin assume kick return duties in Seattle. Now, we'll have to wait and see how quickly Harvin jumps into that role coming off of his August hip surgery.

It looks like it. Head coach Pete Carroll shares your sentiment on Alvin Bailey's performance in Sunday's game against Atlanta, calling Bailey a "tremendous asset" to the team's offensive line. For a rookie, Bailey's ability to pick up key blocks in pass protection at left tackle and swing over to the opposite side of the line to play right guard in the same contest stood out.

Even with left tackle Russell Okung (toe) and right tackle Breno Giacomini (knee) expected to practice this week and be available for Week 11, Bailey could continue to see snaps as Carroll and assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable look to keep the line energized.

"Just because those guys come back doesn’t mean that they have to play the whole game," Carroll said of Okung and Giacomini. "They haven’t played in a while, so we can easily see rotations to keep those guys fresh. We’re fortunate that we might be able to do that."

I believe you're referring to Michael Bennett's sack of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan that was negated due to a roughing the passer call, and yes, head coach Pete Carroll does plan to ask for an explanation of the rule. We'll hopefully hear what the League says about the call when Carroll talks to the media again on Wednesday, but here's the quick explanation Carroll received from the officials on the field after the call was made.

"The way it was described to me again was that if you’re on the ground you can wrap the quarterback up, but you can’t lunge at him," Carroll said. "That was the decision, that we lunged at him. Michael [Bennett] wrapped him up if you look at the tackle. So I’m anxious to see what the league says because we need to know."

Christine Michael did play well in clean-up duty last Sunday in Atlanta, spelling running backs Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin in the process. But head coach Pete Carroll said it may take a while before we see the club's 2013 second-round draft pick hold a more consistent presence in coordinator Darrell Bevell's offense, noting the biggest trial for Michael continues to be in pass protection.

"The most difficult challenge for the running backs is just knowing who to block and the confusion of the pass protections," Carroll told reporters on Monday. "But in reading the running game, he just needs reps. He just needs turns. He’s going to be an effective player. He’s got a lot of juice when he gets the ball in his hands.”

Carroll went on to note that he would have said the exact same thing about the now-second-year Turbin a year ago, making it clear that Turbin came on quicker than most in terms of picking up the calls in pass protection - a trait that factored into his role within the offense during his rookie season.

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