Harvin tweets he’ll need surgery

Percy Harvin will have hip surgery on Thursday, sidelining the

dynamic wide receiver for the start of his first season with the

Seattle Seahawks.

Harvin made the announcement on his Twitter account on Tuesday

night, hours after getting a second opinion on the injury in New

York. The Seahawks then said the operation was scheduled for


Harvin was seeking more information for soreness in his hip, in

the area of his labrum, that popped up just before the Seahawks

opened training camp.



Seattle coach Pete Carroll has not indicated which hip is

bothering Harvin. He said earlier in the day that the team was

still gathering information about Harvin’s second opinion.

Harvin started training camp on the physically unable to perform

list and likely will remain there until the team has a better idea

of his recovery time. If Harvin starts the season on the PUP list

he must miss the first six weeks and would have to return to

practice by the end of Week 11 to avoid missing the entire


The loss of Harvin is significant, but not a huge setback for a

team that relies on the legs of Marshawn Lynch and timely passing

by Russell Wilson to drive its offense. Seattle invested

significantly in Harvin, giving up draft picks to acquire him from

Minnesota and signing him to a six-year deal reportedly worth up to

$67 million.

But Seattle’s offense averaged 32.9 points over the final nine

games of last season without Harvin.

If the Seahawks need a timeline of how the recovery might go,

they only need to look at fellow Seattle receiver Sidney Rice, who

underwent hip surgery in August 2010, and then returned to action

in Week 11 after missing the first 2 months of the season.