Percy Harvin was back on the practice field Thursday for the first time since making his debut with the Seattle Seahawks against the Minnesota Vikings in November.
Harvin has been battling ongoing soreness in his surgically repaired hip that has kept him from practicing with the team. It appeared as though Harvin was much closer to landing on injured reserve than returning to the practice field. However, head coach Pete Carroll made the announcement Monday that Harvin would practice with the team this week with the intention of being available for their playoff opener next Saturday.
After throwing with Harvin on Monday and working with him in practice on Thursday, Russell Wilson feels like Harvin has a chance to play for the Seahawks.
“He’s ready to go I think, but we’ll see. You’ve got to listen to the trainers and Coach Carroll and how he’s feeling and that just adds another element to our game,” Wilson said. “If we can get Percy Harvin, he’s explosive as can be, he has a great knack for the game, he’s very physical, loves to just make big time plays. So if we can get him out there, that will be great if that’s the case.”
In his only game with Seattle this season, Harvin caught one pass for 17 yards and returned a kickoff 58 yards. He’s truly only practiced for one week since May with Seattle as he missed OTAs and offseason mini-camps as well with the hip injury that required surgery in August. He practiced the week leading up to the game against Minnesota before soreness following the game has kept him in the trainers’ room instead of on the practice field.
Seattle’s offense has struggled for most of the last month, particularly on third downs. If the Seahawks could get Harvin back for the playoffs, it could be the last piece Seattle needs to punch their ticket to the Super Bowl.
“We want him at a hundred percent,” Wilson said. “Whenever he’s ready to go, we want to make sure that Percy Harvin is ready to go. So if he is, man that’s something else. He can make a lot of plays for us.”
The Seahawks will host New Orleans if the Saints can knock off the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend. If the Eagles win, Seattle will play either the San Francisco 49ers or Green Bay Packers in the divisional round.