Carroll: Harvin’s return just a matter of time

AP

After returning to the practice field two weeks ago for the first time since hip surgery in August, wide receiver Percy Harvin’s progress has been slowed by the Seattle Seahawks.

Harvin practiced for two days before experiencing some soreness and was dialed back. The team sent Harvin for a follow-up MRI to confirm he was having no lasting problems from the surgery. However, Harvin still hasn’t been back on the field to practice with the Seahwaks.

Head coach Pete Carroll says it’s still just a matter of time before Harvin gets on the field.

“We feel confident that the surgery went very well,” Carroll said. “He’s working diligently to get it done, we just have to do it right because we want him to finish the season with us and not have this be an issue.”

Harvin had what Carroll characterized as a “really good workout” Wednesday and said his status is still day-to-day. Carroll said Harvin has entered “phase two” of his rehab process and is continuing to make progress. However, he doesn’t believe Harvin will be ready to play against the Atlanta Falcons this week.

Harvin hasn’t played football in a calendar year. His 2012 season came to a premature end after suffering an ankle injury against the Seahawks last Nov. 4. Carroll said Harvin isn’t experiencing soreness at this point, it’s just a matter of getting him physically ready to make it the rest of the way.

He’s a guy that’s going to be exposed to the most violent of breaks and turns and tackles and hits and all of that stuff and he needs to be ready to do it. We’re taking into consideration that it’s going to take a good while to make sure he’s healthy and physically fit in all areas,” Carroll said.

“When we really feel secure and solid and he feels great then we’ll bust him out.”

Seattle has to activate Harvin from the physically unable to perform list to their active roster by next Tuesday.