The Seattle Seahawks would receive a huge boost once star wide receiver Percy Harvin returns from offseason hip surgery, but the Seahawks have been taking an increasingly conservative approach with Harvin’s injury. It’s a smart decision in the long run, though it does create some confusion for the rest of us, especially concerned Seahawks fans and fantasy owners who have stashed Harvin.
Although Harvin wasn’t able to practice this week, he will almost certainly practice next week. But practicing next week isn’t indicative of Harvin’s Week 11 status, because the Seahawks could just as easily hold him out until after the Week 12 bye. The Seahawks don’t face a quality opponent until a huge matchup with the New Orleans Saints in Week 13 after the Week 12 bye, so we could see Harvin held out until December. That would give him more time to rest, and it would also ensure that he comes back during the stretch of the regular season to play some key games. The Seahawks have been winning ugly lately, but the important thing for them is that they are winning. However, they will have a much more difficult time beating quality opponents without Harvin in the postseason, because Harvin would make a huge impact in the passing game.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has been constantly keeping us updated with the latest on Harvin’s injury, and it’s all noteworthy and appreciated even if it is mostly vague. Here’s a quote from Carroll provided by the Everett Herald’s John Boyle, “Percy’s the best he’s been. He had another excellent day. He’s not ready to play this week. He’ll return to practice, hopefully, next week, and we’ll just go one day at a time then. All of the signs are really encouraging, he feels good, he’s not having any issues after he works out. I think we’ve built up enough days to take a good positive step; I don’t know what that means in terms of playing next week, but we’re hoping he’ll be able to get some extra work and really jump back into it.”
Carroll isn’t giving any indication as to when Percy Harvin will be able to return, but it’s safe to say that he’s going to practice next week. By the looks of it, I wouldn’t expect Harvin to return to the Seahawks starting lineup until the Seahawks face the New Orleans Saints in Week 13.