The Seattle Seahawks paid a heavy price to acquire receiver Percy Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings this offseason in hopes he would add another dimension to an offense that already seemed to hit its stride the second half of last year. Seattle sent three drafts picks, including a first- and seventh-round pick in last April’s draft and a third-round selection in 2014, to the Vikings in exchange for Harvin. The Seahawks then handed Harvin a brand new $67 million contract over six years with $25.5 million guaranteed.
So it seems obvious that head coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks are holding their breaths over the status of Harvin’s hip after being placed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp Thursday.
Harvin practiced off and on with the team throughout the offseason program and even participated in Richard Sherman’s celebrity softball game in July before the injury presented itself recently.
“Harvin has a hip issue that we are dealing with that came up during his workout over the summer and we are trying to figure it out,” Carroll said. “We are doing everything we can to make the right decision and help him and take care of him in every way. He was working out a week ago you know, going full speed. But it was bothering him enough and we took some looks at it and we’re going to try to figure out the right procedures and take care of him and get him back on the field.”
As we reported earlier, that look at Harvin’s injury in an MRI on Thursday revealed a “slight tear” of the labrum in his hip. It’s an injury that could require surgery and leave Seattle without one of their major offseason acquisitions for a lengthy period of time. Harvin is expected to get a second opinion on the injury before a decision is made on the best plan of action. Until that happens, the Seahawks will be in limbo in regards to what Harvin’s availability will be.
“We need to get more information right now,” Carroll said. “We don’t know enough right now. We will just have to wait and see. The good part is it’s really early. We have a long time to get him ready. . . . We have to be really diligent about the process right now.”
With hopes of a Super Bowl run abounding in Seattle, the Seahawks hope that second opinion will yield a favorable diagnosis.