Pete Carroll: Percy Harvin’s hip feels good

AP

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin may not play this Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game.

But for the first time this season his hip won’t be the reason he’s forced to sit out.

Harvin missed 15 of Seattle’s 16 games in the regular season after having hip surgery on August 1. His only appearance in the regular season came in Week 11 against the Minnesota Vikings before swelling and fluid build-up in his hip caused Harvin to miss the remaining five games of the regular season.

After two weeks of practice, Harvin was able to return to the field Saturday. Harvin caught three passes for 21 yards in Saturday’s 23-15 victory over the New Orleans Saints before leaving with a concussion in the second quarter.

Head coach Pete Carroll had said last week the team still didn’t know how Harvin’s hip would ultimately respond after going through the rigors of another game. However, Harvin has apparently avoided any further issue after his brief appearance against the Saints.

“He came out very well,” Carroll said. “Yeah we’re way ahead of the game on that one.”

Harvin has to clear concussion protocol in order to Sunday against the 49ers. Whether he manages to do so won’t be known until later this week. But Harvin being able to get through a game without any further issues with his hip is a positive step forward.