Seattle may get Harvin back for postseason

Already with home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs, the

Seattle Seahawks might be getting another addition just in time for

a postseason run: Percy Harvin.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Harvin will practice

when the Seahawks return later this week to prepare for their NFC

divisional playoff game on Jan. 11. Carroll said there is no

guarantee Harvin will be able to play.

But Harvin has reached a point in his recovery from hip surgery

– and a setback following his one game this season – where he can

return to practice in time for the postseason.

”It will be a great thing for him first off. This guy is a true

competitor and would do anything to play. He’s been fighting for a

months and months to position himself so he could get back here and

to his credit he has not given up on it. He’s at a place where he

has a chance,” Carroll said. ”We’ll see what happens. That’s kind

of it. If he can help his team, great.”

The news came a day after Seattle wrapped up the NFC West title

and the No. 1 seed in the NFC with a 27-9 win over St. Louis. It

was Seattle’s eighth divisional title in franchise history and

first since 2010 when they won the then pitiful NFC West with a 7-9

record.

This time they survived the toughest division in the NFL and

lofty expectation by matching the franchise record for most

victories in a season.

”We handled it the whole time. We dealt with it throughout the

season and put it in the right place and the guys understood what

it meant and what it didn’t mean and performed under that kind of

scrutiny,” Carroll said. ”Here we are to get the division taken

care of and to have the best record and all of that under those

expectations we dealt with it. That’s a really good thing. That’s

how you make expectations like that normal.”

It’s a stunning turn after Carroll hinted last week that a

roster move could be possible with Harvin to clear a roster spot.

Instead, the Seahawks are potentially getting a dynamic playmaker

back in time for a playoff run.

”Percy’s going to practice with us when we get back with the

intention on playing in this next game,” Carroll said. ”We’ll see

what happens. That’s the intention and we’ll see how it goes. It’s

come to the point where we can go to that and we’ll keep our

fingers crossed for him. He wants to contribute and be part of this

team, and he’s going to do everything he can to do that. We’ll see

what happens.”

After Carroll announced the news, Harvin tweeted to Seahawks

fans that he’ll see them in two weeks and ”It’s go time once

again.”

Seattle would like to see this start with Harvin last more than

just one week. He had hip surgery in early August to repair his

labrum. It was late October before he finally returned to practice

and made his Seahawks debut in Week 11 against Minnesota. Harvin

had one reception and a 58-yard kickoff return in the victory.

But he’s been absent since that game, unable to overcome what

Carroll has called ”soreness” in the hip area. Harvin has not

practiced since, but Carroll has said there is no additional

structural damage.

Even Monday morning on his radio show, Carroll seemed uncertain

about the prognosis, saying Harvin likely needed an entire

offseason to fully get healthy. Just a few hours later the tone

changed significantly and Seattle suddenly had the potential of

springing a new toy on whoever they face in the playoffs.

”He’s been rehabbing the whole time to get to this point,”

Carroll said. ”He ran really well today.”

There is no guarantee that Harvin will play even with the plan

for him to practice. The only week he’s practiced extensively the

entire season was leading into the game against Minnesota when

Harvin faced his former team. He was in for 19 offensive snaps and

two on special teams against Minnesota, but was unable to get back

on the field following Seattle’s bye in Week 12.

”He had major surgery in his hip. There are lots of people who

walk around for years trying to get back from that and he’s trying

to do it in months,” Carroll said. ”And he’s not trying to just

get back to being a normal human being walking down the

street.”

Notes: Carroll said players who were banged up on Sunday –

Brandon Mebane, Richard Sherman, Jeremy Lane and Jermaine Kearse –

should be able to practice on Thursday. The one concern is TE Luke

Willson who suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Rams. … LB

K.J. Wright has an outside chance of practicing next week, Carroll

said. Wright suffered a broken foot in Week 14 at San

Francisco.

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