The Seahawks may get Percy Harvin back for the playoffs after all.
Despite talk that Harvin’s hip injury would cause him to miss the entire postseason, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said today that he’s optimistic about Harvin returning to practice on Thursday and beginning preparation for Seattle’s playoff opener on January 11.
“Percy’s going to practice with us when we get back with the intention of playing in this next game,” Carroll said, via PFT’s Curtis Crabtree. “We’ll see what happens. That’s the intention. We’re going to see how he goes.”
Harvin played in just one game during the regular season and played sparingly in that one, but he did flash the speed and explosiveness that makes him an elite player when he’s healthy: In that one game, Harvin caught a pass for 17 yards and returned a kickoff for 58 yards. Harvin has a chance to have that kind of impact on the Seahawks in the playoffs, but Carroll noted that no one should expect Harvin to jump right in and immediately change Seattle’s offense.
“We’re going to take things slowly. It would be wrong to change things for one individual player,” Carroll said.
Considering that the Seahawks sent first-, third- and seventh-round picks to Minnesota to acquire Harvin, it’s been a major disappointment that he has spent almost the entire season on the sideline. But Harvin isn’t done yet.