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Harvin’s return could be delayed by Seahawks’ success

Percy Harvin, John Schneider AP

When Seahawks coach Pete Carroll recently said receiver Percy Harvin has returned to New York for rehab on his hip, some viewed that as a sign that Harvin may not be as ahead of schedule as he hinted early this month, when he suggested that fans keep an eye on Week Seven.

Per a league source, Harvin’s return to New York actually means he’s doing extremely well in his effort to recover from surgery to repair a hip problem that was flagged in his training camp physical.  But that doesn’t mean we’ll see him in Week Seven, or soon thereafter.

The challenge for Carroll and G.M. John Schneider will be to determine the right time to bring Harvin back.  If the team, which could go to 4-0 for the first time in franchise history on Sunday, continues to thrive without Harvin, the powers-that-be may be inclined to unleash him, Kraken-style, as late as possible, with an eye toward getting maximum pop in the postseason.

For players on the reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list, the return to practice can happen anywhere from after Week Six to after Week 11.  Once at practice, a three-week window opens to put the player on the active roster or shut him down.

It means that Harvin can be placed on the 53-man roster as early as Week Seven, and that he must be placed on the 53-man roster at the latest by Week 15.

Even if he’s on the active roster, they don’t have to play him.  By Week 15, the Seahawks could have clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

While it’s unlikely, there’s a chance Harvin’s debut will come in the divisional round.  Which would make the crowd at CenturyLink Field even louder.

If that’s even possible.

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66 Responses to “Harvin’s return could be delayed by Seahawks’ success”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 28, 2013 9:36 AM

    Seattle will never win a Superbowl. Come to RedskinsPark to see 3! #ThankGODImaREDSKINfan

  2. jhein23 says: Sep 28, 2013 9:39 AM

    That would be stupid to have his debut be in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Seahawks would want to bring him back around Week 13 or 14 to give him at least 2-3 games playing in their offense with Wilson. You don’t want a QB and WR trying to get on the same page for the first time ever in a game setting in the divisional round.

  3. pillowporkers says: Sep 28, 2013 9:40 AM

    If he’s healthy, they didn’t trade 3 picks for him to sit him on the bench until “it’s time”. Percy is a competitor and wants to play, and they are paying him to play. If history proves correct (which it so far has in this deal), Percy gets what Percy wants, otherwise he’ll be pouty. If he’s healthy, he’ll play. This sounds like more of a media dream than reality. So are the Broncos going to sit Von Miller until the playoffs? Come on, teams aren’t going to do that. Even still, there’s no way he’ll be back in week 7. That’s a Thursday night game. He’d have 2 days of practice. Earliest possible return would be week 8.

  4. jhein23 says: Sep 28, 2013 9:41 AM

    If the Seahawks get home field advantage throughout the playoffs its a rap for the NFC. The only team I could possibly see having a shot there is Green Bay because they’d be motivated over what happened last year and Rodgers stayed pretty composed even though it was loud and he got sacked a ton last time. But even them I don’t see beating Seattle.

  5. dirtydrew says: Sep 28, 2013 9:42 AM

    It’s really delayed because he is a softy that wants money for not playing.

  6. bennyb82 says: Sep 28, 2013 9:42 AM

    They are 3-0 and already pegged in the divisional round of the playoffs with home field advantage?

  7. bigbrad184 says: Sep 28, 2013 9:43 AM

    Slow down there, Turbo. It’s been 3 games and you’re already talking home field advantage? Let’s see how the Seahawks do with these next 2 games on the road against the Texans and Colts. Seattle is without a doubt a great team at home but they have been far more inconsistent on the road (see Week 1 against Carolina). They won’t get home field if they go 3-5 on the road again like they did last year.

  8. gohawks206 says: Sep 28, 2013 9:49 AM

    He will need a few games to get in game shape. He will need to get some games in before the playoffs

    Go Hawks!

  9. aldante66 says: Sep 28, 2013 9:58 AM

    The Vikings brain trust is what makes the team competitive year in year out. We all have the idea its about the players, when it fact its about the front office.
    Allen, Winfield, got a lot of mileage out of these guys and picked them up on the rise.
    AP just happened to be there at the five pick and they jumped all over him. Just think, 4 teams passed on this guy.
    Randy Moss? No one wanted him and now he is a sure hall of famer.
    They get rid of cry babys like Percy Harvin. They knew he was done but got a first round pick for him.
    The Vikes braintrust is the best in the business.

  10. jonkchar says: Sep 28, 2013 9:59 AM

    Carroll said he doesn’t expect the team to be at full-on well-oiled machine until roughly week 8 (paraphrasing).
    btw I went to week 3 and it was awesome. TJack looked great too

  11. beastmode5150 says: Sep 28, 2013 10:10 AM

    Brad, you mean the win at Carolina? Hey have won 3 of their last 4 on road, with only loss to Atlanta on a last second 50 yard field goal in the Playoffs. The hawks will go 12-4 or 13-3 with all losses being on the road, you know, like most teams. It’s tough to win on the road, especially vs teams like Houston, Indy, San Fran (maybe), Atlanta. If the hawks lose at Houston, who had the second most pro bowlers in the NFL last year, and the hawks down 3 starting I lineman, it’s not the end of the world. I can’t wait to hear all of the “they suck on the road” idiots though, they are funny. If you are going to post that btw, go ahead and give me your favorite teams road record over the last 4 or 5 road games.

  12. All-American Voltron says: Sep 28, 2013 10:11 AM

    That’s awesome “Kraken-style”. “Release the Harvin!!!

  13. hoppylegs says: Sep 28, 2013 10:18 AM

    I don’t think people can know yet how significant Seattle’s offensive line injury situation is going to be to their offensive performance. They are going to be missing their center and two tackles this week, and possibly next week. Okung is out for at least five more games. That’s a serious issue. It makes them vulnerable to a couple of quick road losses to the Texans and Colts, since they will probably struggle in pass protection and give up a bunch of sacks and possibly a few turnovers. You can’t just assume backups will step in and play like starters.

    Which makes it too early to talk about home field.

  14. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 28, 2013 10:21 AM

    logicalvoicesays says: Sep 28, 2013 9:36 AM

    Seattle will never win a Superbowl. Come to RedskinsPark to see 3! #ThankGODImaREDSKINfan
    ===================

    See 3?

    You mean 0-3 right?

  15. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 28, 2013 10:24 AM

    bigbrad184 says: Sep 28, 2013 9:43 AM

    Slow down there, Turbo. It’s been 3 games and you’re already talking home field advantage? Let’s see how the Seahawks do with these next 2 games on the road against the Texans and Colts. Seattle is without a doubt a great team at home but they have been far more inconsistent on the road (see Week 1 against Carolina). They won’t get home field if they go 3-5 on the road again like they did last year.
    ==========================

    Yes Carolina was telling.

    Seattle didn’t play well.

    All they did was

    won.

  16. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 28, 2013 10:27 AM

    aldante66 says: Sep 28, 2013 9:58 AM

    The Vikes braintrust is the best in the business.
    ==============================

    Comedy gold.

  17. veence69 says: Sep 28, 2013 10:34 AM

    This guy is a headache waiting to happen. Percy Harvin would be a sure-fire-HOF’er – if it were not for that whole “needing to be on the field” thing.

    Good luck, Seattle. Keep telling yourselves that this guy is worth 60mil..

  18. wearethesteelers says: Sep 28, 2013 10:35 AM

    We’ll call it “success” when they do something in the playoffs.

  19. raiderrob21 says: Sep 28, 2013 10:36 AM

    Seahawks Broncos Super Bowl

  20. allday420ap says: Sep 28, 2013 10:39 AM

    harvin, always starvin to be the center of attention

  21. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 28, 2013 10:47 AM

    veence69 says: Sep 28, 2013 10:34 AM

    This guy is a headache waiting to happen. Percy Harvin would be a sure-fire-HOF’er – if it were not for that whole “needing to be on the field” thing.

    Good luck, Seattle. Keep telling yourselves that this guy is worth 60mil..
    ==============================

    I agree.

    Any player who “needs to be on the field” should be cut.

    I hate players who want to play.

    Hate them.

  22. GenXJay says: Sep 28, 2013 10:47 AM

    jhein23: “…and Rodgers stayed pretty composed …”

    See Cincinnati. #12 was really composed.
    I take it this gb bye week consists of Sensitivity Camp & building relationships with McCarthy.

  23. loytomaki says: Sep 28, 2013 10:49 AM

    If they waited that long to activate him it would be a prime example of being so clever they out-smart themselves.

    Making sure he is 100% ready to go makes sense, especially as they are winning, but they need him out there and not rusty sooner rather than later. Also, throwing him out there with a few different trick packages late in the season means that defenses suddenly need to prep for those looks, spending less time on other more common looks.

    Risking not getting 100% out of a talent as dominant as Harvin just to get the small advantage that could come from having a couple of new plays defenses have not seen would be a terrible move.

  24. vikesindividual says: Sep 28, 2013 10:54 AM

    am i the only one who wonders if logicalvoices has ANY life whatsoever? i mean, even the SLIGHTEST bit of something else to do, other than be on this website.

    this guy responds RIGHT after every article. i kinda feel sorry for him.

    but not really. mostly, i just laugh.

  25. osiris33 says: Sep 28, 2013 10:59 AM

    If Seattle loses down 3 OL’s at 10 AM, it won’t mean anything. But if they beat the Texans down 3 OL’s at 10 AM, it will mean a whole lot. It will mean they are elite in every way.

  26. sweetnlow44 says: Sep 28, 2013 11:00 AM

    If he’s healthy, you play him. You don’t leave your most explosive offensive player on the bench just because. And, coming from a Seahawk fan, it’s a little premature to be talking about playoffs. We’re now playing without 60% of our starting offensive line and you never know what other injuries could pop up that can alter the outcome of a season.

  27. trollhammer20 says: Sep 28, 2013 11:06 AM

    Yeah, it is early. But a win tomorrow or the following week against the Colts, and 8-1 going into Atlanta for a rematch of last year’s playoff is a very, very real possibility….and if they win both, then the “home field” talk will rightfully increase. Road games at the Rams and Giants are suddenly looking a lot less formidable than they did before the season started, and call me crazy, but that Monday Night game against the Saints on December 2nd is suddenly looking like a critical piece of the NFC playoff puzzle…and it’s at home, after their bye week…if they want maximum impact and practice time for Harvin, that would seem to be a very logical voice, erm, choice.

    Speaking of which, it’s incredibly rich to read an article about the ‘Hawks and see fans of teams that are, gee, oh and three, attempting to talk smack. Key word attempting. Redskin D is historically bad right now, and as for Minny’s front office, I hear they could use some change, specifically, a quarter back and a nickel back.

  28. beaublanco says: Sep 28, 2013 11:12 AM

    Off of PUP he must be practicing by week 9 and active by week 12.

  29. runmarshawnrun says: Sep 28, 2013 11:21 AM

    I don’t get the point of this article? You’re saying IF the Hawks are rolling, then they “may be inclined” to hold Harvin back?

    That’s just speculation on top of speculation. Is there a reason to be speculating on any of this right now? Is there a fact or a story or a nugget of information driving this?

    And please pump the brakes on all the HFA talk. The Hawks are 3-0. There’s a LOT of season left, including two very tough road games this week and next.

    I’m a die hard Hawks fan, and all I’m thinking about is Houston – not Percy Harvin’s return and whether it will be week 7 or 15, and definitely not HFA. I’m not even thinking about the playoffs in general. Week 4, that’s all that matters right now.

  30. whatjusthapped says: Sep 28, 2013 11:24 AM

    aldante66 says: Sep 28, 2013 9:58 AM

    The Vikes braintrust is the best in the business.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Ya, I agree, taking Ponder at #12 overall was pure genius. Drafting T Jack Off and Webb as Qb’s ranks right behind that brilliant move.

    Paying a DE $15 Million to disappear for games at a time and overpaying Jennings for limited production make their FA moves even smarter than their draft choices.

  31. mattseas says: Sep 28, 2013 11:26 AM

    According to sources in New York, Harvin was seen in a back alley picking up a sandwich bag of pills and syringes saying “can you put this on the hawks tab please.”

  32. achillesofwooters says: Sep 28, 2013 11:27 AM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Sep 28, 2013 9:36 AM
    Seattle will never win a Superbowl. Come to RedskinsPark to see 3! #ThankGODImaREDSKINfan

    ———————

    Don’t you mean “0-3″, which is what your Redskins are?

  33. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 28, 2013 11:36 AM

    Harvin was traded by Spieldope to Seattle for the final pieces of the Viking Superbowl puzzle.

    In theory.

    A very poorly thought through theory.

    0-3

  34. natepalmer1 says: Sep 28, 2013 11:37 AM

    To the Redskins fan:
    Are you serious? There is no Redskins this year…So fantastic that Seattle finished the job the Ravens started last year…As for RG3?
    Who? Hahahaha!
    GO SEAHAWKS!!!!

  35. achillesofwooters says: Sep 28, 2013 11:42 AM

    This article makes no sense if you know anything about football or the Seahawks. Players have to play themselves into football shape, not rehab shape. We’ve seen that a 1000 times.

    Also, there was theoretically no reason to play Clemons last week when they didn’t need him. They could’ve given his knee another week, but didn’t, which suggests they didn’t want to throw him into the fire against Houston without some “tune-up”.

    I don’t think they’ll rush Harvin back, but Carroll’s history suggests that once he’s ready, he’ll play soon after that. WR’s, no matter how talented, need time to develop chemistry with their QB’s, and the addition of Harvin will be a substantial change to their offense that they will want to have running well rather than be experimenting with in the playoffs.

  36. 12thmanseattle says: Sep 28, 2013 11:56 AM

    This article is jibberish. we are 3-0 not 10-0.lets hold off on crowning us champs just yet. With a banged up o line and some tough games coming up I can promise you the only thing Pete and John are thinking about is the texans tomorrow. And they are for sure not thinking if in some magical make believe time in the future do we continue to sit a star player with half of the season left for some half assed reason like not wanting him to get hurt

  37. whatwhat2013 says: Sep 28, 2013 11:59 AM

    aldante66 says: Sep 28, 2013 9:58 AM

    The Vikings brain trust is what makes the team competitive year in year out. We all have the idea its about the players, when it fact its about the front office.

    ————————————————————-

    0-3 is competitive? Perhaps he meant competitive for the first pick of the draft year?

  38. ydousuk says: Sep 28, 2013 12:29 PM

    wearethesteelers says: Sep 28, 2013 10:35 AM

    We’ll call it “success” when they do something in the playoffs

    ————————————————————–

    This coming from a Steeler fan………….classic.

  39. chawk12thman says: Sep 28, 2013 1:54 PM

    He will play when he is able and healthy. Not before and not held out for later. Record won’t matter on this one, and shouldn’t.

  40. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Sep 28, 2013 2:03 PM

    hahaha…GETTTING A LITTLE ahead of ourselves for a franchise that has never even started 4-0. Hope the texans give them a dose of reality.

  41. jayovalentine says: Sep 28, 2013 2:24 PM

    I agree with Logicalvoice (That hurt…) They will never win a Super Bowl ! They will crack under pressure just like every early season favorite. Dream Team? Cowboys the year before ?? Atlanta !! All of a sudden these fans come out of nowhere. I live in Seattle and see just how fair weather they are.

  42. mf1849 says: Sep 28, 2013 2:27 PM

    A dose of reality? You mean like what the Seahawks did to the 49ers? Keep on hating bruh.

  43. koreystringerswidow says: Sep 28, 2013 2:47 PM

    I’m just happy Percy is finally playing for a team that cares about his health and well being.

  44. purpleguy says: Sep 28, 2013 2:49 PM

    Heard an interesting comment firsthand from someone inside the Vikes who said Harvin was just about the most dislikable and most difficult Viking they ever had to work with — and this person universally has refused to trash Vikings players in the past (even Moss). Harvin’s a great player, but his team has got to live with the devil to reap the benefits.

  45. jagerbmb says: Sep 28, 2013 2:53 PM

    aldante66 says: Sep 28, 2013 9:58 AM

    “The Vikes braintrust is the best in the business.”

    Yea, after all they sure nailed that Herschell Walker trade…

  46. faepernick says: Sep 28, 2013 2:57 PM

    The Seahawks have never gone 4-0, what a pathetic franchise. That schedule doesn’t look so easy over the next 5 weeks, watch the Seahawks vanilla offense crumble. Go Cawks!

  47. faepernick says: Sep 28, 2013 3:01 PM

    jayovalentine says:

    All of a sudden these fans come out of nowhere. I live in Seattle and see just how fair weather they are.

    ____________

    This statement encapsulates the Seahawks fan base. Even a local calls out the worst fans in the world.

  48. calicokiller49 says: Sep 28, 2013 3:14 PM

    Die hard Pete Carroll despising, Richard Sherman hating niner fan here, as much as it hurts I don’t want my niners having to go to century link field in the playoffs, at least not the way seattles d is playing right now, I feel confident we can beat em at the stick, but unfortunately they aren’t as over rated as I thought this year, they got kap crypto mite up there, plus all that noise they pump out of those loudspeakers makes it kind of hard to hear.

  49. hawkfan50 says: Sep 28, 2013 3:19 PM

    jayovalentine , you live in Seattle & “see just how fair weather they are” ?! Are you insane ?! You do realize #12 just set a world record for noise at a sporting event ?

    Season ticket renewal rates were 98% this year , with most of us having remained as season ticket holders thru the injury ridden debacles of 2008 / 2009 when were hoping someone in the stands could play O-line or wide receiver …

    You may live in Seattle , but you sure as hell don’t know anything about #12 .

  50. hawktawker says: Sep 28, 2013 3:27 PM

    wearethesteelers says: Sep 28, 2013 10:35 AM

    We’ll call it “success” when they do something in the playoffs

    Like lose to Tebow!!! BaHaaaHaaaa!!!!

  51. jeffbye says: Sep 28, 2013 3:36 PM

    jayovalentine says:

    Sep 28, 2013 2:24 PM

    I agree with Logicalvoice (That hurt…) They will never win a Super Bowl ! They will crack under pressure just like every early season favorite. Dream Team? Cowboys the year before ?? Atlanta !! All of a sudden these fans come out of nowhere. I live in Seattle and see just how fair weather they are.
    _______________________________

    Although I live in LA, I’m FROM there and have no idea what you’re talking about. Any ‘hawks fan I’ve ever met watches every game and buys the merch just like they did during Holmgren’s last year and Mora’s only year, which of course went for a combined 9 wins. Being frustrated with your team doesn’t mean you aren’t just as invested.

  52. faepernick says: Sep 28, 2013 3:40 PM

    Hipster fair weather fan base

  53. drstrangehawk says: Sep 28, 2013 3:41 PM

    I agree with hawkfan50. Been a season ticket holder for 10 years and a fan since they came into the league. jayovalentine doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He’s just a bunch of white noise.
    Go! Seahawks!

  54. allday28mvpmvp says: Sep 28, 2013 3:43 PM

    aldante66 says: Sep 28, 2013 9:58 AM

    The Vikings brain trust is what makes the team competitive year in year out. We all have the idea its about the players, when it fact its about the front office.
    Allen, Winfield, got a lot of mileage out of these guys and picked them up on the rise.
    AP just happened to be there at the five pick and they jumped all over him. Just think, 4 teams passed on this guy.
    Randy Moss? No one wanted him and now he is a sure hall of famer.
    They get rid of cry babys like Percy Harvin. They knew he was done but got a first round pick for him.
    The Vikes braintrust is the best in the business.

    —-

    No need to hype the Vikings “braintrust” right now. They are 0-3.

    That being said, Adrian Peterson was drafted 7th overall. Not 5th.

  55. allday28mvpmvp says: Sep 28, 2013 3:46 PM

    jagerbmb says: Sep 28, 2013 2:53 PM

    aldante66 says: Sep 28, 2013 9:58 AM

    “The Vikes braintrust is the best in the business.”

    Yea, after all they sure nailed that Herschell Walker trade…

    —–

    In aldantes defense, he was referring to the CURRENT brain trust, Rick Spielman. Notice the references to Peterson, Harvin and Moss. I don’t think anybody was talking about 1992

  56. drstrangehawk says: Sep 28, 2013 3:49 PM

    werethesteelers is the typical “what we used to be” kind of fan. All they have left is pull out the “we have super bowl rings” because their team really sucks right now. I don’t care if your team has 20 rings. Those stats don’t show up on the post game numbers. The NFL is the “What Have You Done Today” League.
    Steelers, Giants, Cowboys, Ravens…. not making the SB, and maybe even the playoffs. Why you ask, because they’re weak. Not my call. Most of the NFL pundits say the same thing.
    Go! Seahawks!

  57. drstrangehawk says: Sep 28, 2013 3:53 PM

    Jeez calicokiller49- What juice are you drinking? How many times does the NFL have to show you trolls that the noise at the Link is organic.
    Being from SF I would think you’d appreciate organic anything.

  58. drstrangehawk says: Sep 28, 2013 3:59 PM

    To all whiners fans… I remember after Steve Young left there were a lot of empty seats at the Stick… does anyone remember Jeff Garcia? Oh, I guess not. I rest my case.

  59. drstrangehawk says: Sep 28, 2013 4:01 PM

    Colin Kapernick is your new Jeff Garcia.

  60. fwbrodie says: Sep 28, 2013 4:05 PM

    Adding Percy Harvin to the best team in the NFL?

    LOL, yeah that’s super fair.

  61. bert1913 says: Sep 28, 2013 4:42 PM

    once harvin comes back, rice will be asked to take a pay cut or be cut

  62. hoosyadaddy says: Sep 28, 2013 5:02 PM

    “The challenge for Carroll and G.M. John Schneider will be to determine the right time to bring Harvin back. If the team, which could go to 4-0 for the first time in franchise history on Sunday, continues to thrive without Harvin, the powers-that-be may be inclined to unleash him, Kraken-style, as late as possible, with an eye toward getting maximum pop in the postseason.”

    I wouldn’t call Seattle’s offense “thriving”. They are allowing way too many sacks and tackles for losses. When Harvin is healthy they need to put him in right away. THEN they will be thriving.

  63. stampnhawk says: Sep 28, 2013 5:41 PM

    The usual Niners fans here, but noticeably absent the Vikings fans who were spouting off at the beginning of the year, talking how they bent Seattle over.
    And, how John Carlson working out for you?

  64. jprcox says: Sep 28, 2013 7:25 PM

    As a Seattle fan I am more worried about the offense in the trenches. Our line, and the health thereof, really concerns me.

    Next year Harvin will be needed more than ever, since I think Tate will end up signing some mega-contract with an up-n-coming team closer to his home-town.

    This year, I don’t look for Seattle to worry about getting better, but securing their 1 major problem – OLine.

  65. amazingguy101 says: Sep 28, 2013 9:15 PM

    Vikings got the better end of the deal and I chuckle because I am Vikings fan. Xavior Rhodes was our choice with your draft choice. So thanks Seahawks for it

  66. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 29, 2013 12:57 PM

    Time to watch the best team in the NFC play one of the best in the AFC.

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