Seattle Seahawks star wide receiver Percy Harvin almost certainly won’t be coming off of the PUP list when he is first eligible in Week 7, but that doesn’t mean that it’s because he isn’t recovering quickly from his injury. According to a league source close to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, Percy Harvin is recovering “extremely well” and is making quick progress after hip surgery in the offseason. He recently went to New York to rehab, and the source told Florio that this is actually great news for Harvin.
At this point in time, the most likely return date for Harvin is Week 11, but Florio believes that the Seahawks could hold him out even longer if they keep on winning without him. The Seahawks are so good that I don’t doubt their ability to run up the wins with Percy Harvin on the shelf, but I disagree with Florio’s suggestion that the Seahawks should hold him out until the playoffs. Teams like to give players a couple of tune-up games before the playoffs when they are coming back from an injury, so I would expect the Seahawks to bring him back in Week 16 (they finish the season with two easy divisional opponents) if their goal is to hold him out for as long as possible and give him as much rest as possible.
All reports this month on Harvin’s recovery have been great, and this isn’t the first report this month to state that he has been making impressively swift progress. That could make the Seahawks more willing to bring him back sooner, because at some point resting a player becomes delaying as opposed to healing. Percy Harvin tweeted early in the month that we should look out for a return in Week 7 upon his eligibility to return from the PUP, but I think he’ll be on the shelf until at least Week 10; the Seahawks are a great team and only need to keep his future in mind instead of trying to bring him back.