Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin has been making good progress from offseason hip surgery, and his recovery has been quicker than expected. However, there is essentially no chance that Harvin is activated when eligible, and the Seahawks will most likely activate him just a few weeks away from the postseason. They know they are good enough to win without him in the regular season, and they also know that having him healthy in the playoffs is of paramount importance to the passing attack and team’s success as a whole.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll stated that it isn’t realistic to expect Percy Harvin to be activated right when eligible, thus confirming most of our beliefs. From Pro Football Talk, “I don’t think that is realistic. I think that is too soon to expect that to happen.”
Harvin recently returned to Seattle after a very successful time rehabbing in New York, and he was even able to resume running last week. I doubt he’s healthy until Week 10, and the Seahawks would be wise to hold him out for a few weeks after that date, too. I expect Harvin to return around Week 14, so he gets a couple of tune-up games before being in the playoffs. Carroll’s next quote basically affirms that line of thinking.
“We want him to be able to endure the rigors of the end of the season. It’s not important to rush him back, it’s important to wait it out and be patient and get him out there when he’s ready to go and withstand the load of the game.”
PFT reminds us that once Percy Harvin starts practicing, then the Seahawks have three weeks to activate him, otherwise he will be done for the year.