The Seattle Seahawks have amassed a 6-1 record without the centerpiece of their offseason acquisition efforts. Now, receiver Percy Harvin has returned to practice. He could play as soon as Monday.
“It’s been a long ride,” Harvin told reporters on Tuesday. ”I haven’t played football since Week Seven of last season, and just dealing with the trades, dealing with the injury that ended the season, and then coming here and having another injury. So it’s been tough man, I have a lot of things built up in me that I’m just ready to unleash on the field.
“I’m going to take my time with it, but when it’s time to explode I will.”
It’s unclear how much time it will take.
“For me, it’s just conditioning and just getting back out here getting the reps with the guys,” Harvin said. ”I’m familiar with the offense, my condition is pretty good, and weight lifting and everything is good. So just getting the repetition and being back out there with the guys and just getting back in the flow.”
He said his role will be similar to what it was in Minnesota during the first two years of his career, when Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell served as offensive coordinator with the Vikings.
Harvin also talked for the first time about the injury that resulted in hip surgery.
“I had a bone that was blocking me from getting my full range of motion,” Harvin said. ”Just like any labrum in your shoulder there was just a lot of pain, certain movements would hurt real bad, and it just got to the point where it was getting real tough to pick up my leg. I just had to get it done, I’m glad I got it done. . . . It was bothering me sleeping, running, just relaxing; it was getting real tough so we knew we had to get something done. It just came at a funny time, but it all worked out.”
If Harvin stays healthy, it could work out with the Seahawks nailing down the No. 1 seed in the NFC postseason field — and then parlaying a pair of home games into a berth in the Super Bowl.