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July 31, 2013 at 10:02 PM

USA Today — Seahawks knew Harvin’s hip carried a risk

Interesting stuff tonight in USA Today on Percy Harvin in a piece written by Tom Pelissero, who until June covered the Minnesota Vikings — Harvin’s former team — and also last week got some exclusive access to Seahawk coaches and management.

Pelissero doesn’t go as far as saying that Harvin had a pre-existing injury when he was traded to Seattle by the Vikings in March. But he does lay out some of Harvin’s medical history and says it should have let the Seahawks know Harvin was at risk of such an injury.

Specifically, he writes:

“Harvin hadn’t appeared on an injury report with a hip issue since Weeks 2 and 3 of the 2010 season. But every NFL team that examined Harvin at the 2009 scouting combine knew he had impingement and tightness in both hips as well as weak abductor muscles, two people with knowledge of those examinations told USA TODAY Sports. The people spoke on condition of anonymity since the results were not released.

A study published in January — co-authored by Vikings team physician Christopher Larson, Tennessee Titans team physician Thomas Byrd and hip specialist Bryan Kelly — suggests there is at least a 40% chance a player with those risk factors will eventually require hip surgery or other treatment for degenerative conditions.”

The Bryan Kelly mentioned above is the same one who examined Harvin this week in New  York and is performing the surgery on Harvin Thursday.

The USA Today story also states: “Harvin also missed practice time at the University of Florida in 2008 with a hip pointer. But there were no recent signs of an issue until he reported discomfort during Seattle’s voluntary practices in June.

Indeed, Harvin participated fully in Seattle’s Organized Training Activities in May, with no sign of any injury.

However, he sat out an OTA that was open to the media on June 5 with what Carroll at the time called a hip flexor. Here’s what was written in the blog at that time:

WR Percy Harvin also sat out with what Carroll said is “a little bit of a hip flexor thing that’s bothering him, so we didn’t want to push it right now. We’re trying to get him back next week, so we rested him a couple days. He’s done tons of work and looks great. We have no question what he can do and where he’s fitting and he understands the offense. We just want to be very cautious with anybody that’s got anything sore.”

Harvin was also then limited throughout the team’s mini-camp in mid-June.

Carroll, though, said last week Harvin took part in voluntary workouts in July with quarterback Russell Wilson and other Seahawks. Here’s what Carroll said on Saturday:

“He worked out with some of our guys and I think  he was throwing with Russell and some of the guys and he was flying around.’’

So to the answer of when Harvin first got hurt, it appears to be sometime during the OTA sessions — remember that only four of the 10 were open to the media and he participated in a couple  early that were open but then was out later.

USA Today, though, is obviously indicating such an injury may have been must a matter of time.



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