Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin has been making quick progress from offseason hip injury, and he was able to start practicing when this week’s practice sessions began. This led to the rumor that Harvin could potentially play this week against the St. Louis Rams on Monday night, but it would seem imprudent for the Seahawks to bring him back this early. I think he’s still a number of weeks away from returning, because it’s best for the Seahawks not to deviate from the initial plan of holding him out until we get closer to the playoffs. While the Seahawks passing attack would be significantly better with Harvin in the fold, their rushing attack and defense (in addition to having a top ten QB in Russell Wilson) still make them one of the league’s elite teams.
710 ESPN Seattle’s Liz Mathews reports that Pete Carroll has unsurprisingly decided to rule out Percy Harvin for tomorrow night’s rivalry game against the Rams. The Seahawks definitely don’t need Harvin out there to defeat the Rams, since the defense should have an easy time with interception-prone backup QB Kellen Clemens.
Harvin should still return sooner than initially expected, but I think he’ll still be out for a few weeks. His recovery and the fact that the Seahawks might be a little bit worried about locking down a playoff bye mean that we should see Harvin out there in mid-November. It’s definitely a fluid situation, because he could be back as soon as next week or as late as the first game in December. It just depends on what the Seahawks want to do with him, and it also depends on how comfortable they are with winning right now.
If you look at the Seahawks schedule for the next few weeks, it is extremely easy. After tomorrow night’s game, the Seahawks face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, and Minnesota Vikings- all very easy games. The Seahawks could bring back Harvin to face his old team, though, if they want a tune-up game before the Week 13 battle against the New Orleans Saints. However, the Seahawks have a bye week in Week 12, so that’s also something to keep in mind.