But now we know that there’s no reason to think he won’t come back.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the team had Harvin get another MRI this week to make sure there were no setbacks with his surgically repaired hip.
“Yeah the doctors have looked at him. We did another MRI to make sure we were seeing everything right,” Carroll said, in comments distributed by the team. There were no complications and all of that so we’re just bringing him back.”
Harvin didn’t practice this week, after doing some work the week before. The slow approach is deliberate, as there will be times when they need him more than this week’s game against the winless Buccaneers. They have until Nov. 12 to activate him from the physically unable to perform list, but can always add him to the roster and make him inactive each week until they’re sure he’s well.
“We’ve been quiet on him. He’s not playing Sunday, we’ve been quiet with him, he’s a little sore from last week so we’re just making sure that he’ll be ready to go and we won’t waste our opportunity with him on the practice field. . . .
“If he was on our team and was banged up, we certainly wouldn’t mind keeping him as one of the inactives. If that’s what it winds up a few weeks from now that’s what it is. We’re hoping to get him back. He was fine a week ago and was ready to go it was just the wear and tear of the comeback just got to him a little bit so we just needed to slow him down.”
Running back Marshawn Lynch returned to practice Friday after taking a few days off, but Carroll said he’d be fine for Sunday.
That should suffice, and give Harvin all the time he needs.