There were two definitive declarations from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll following Saturday’s practice — receiver Percy Harvin won’t play against the St. Louis Rams Monday but middle linebacker Bobby Wagner will.
Carroll said Harvin worked hard earlier in the week when he returned to practice, but was rested later in the week as the team continues to work him back slowly.
“We’re managing his rehabilitation and trying to do it as really right (as they can),” Carroll said. “We worked him hard and then rested him and then will continue to do that until his conditioning has caught up and he’s ready to go. He won’t be playing in this game, he won’t be able to do that this quick. But like we said, next week we will start it up and over the weekend (go) back day-to-day again and just trying to bring him along. But we are excited about getting this close to his return and we will just have to see when it is right to do that.”
Carroll said Harvin “did fine” when he did practice this week.
“He looked great when we were working him and then we needed to rest him to make sure he can handle the workload,” Carroll said. “He’s a hard charger, he’s not going to sit back — when he goes he goes. So we have to make sure to manage that really well. But we are totally pleased with how he’s worked to get back and as soon as we can do it we will. But when it’s right.”
It won’t help that the Seahawks will have a short week next week after playing Monday night and not getting back to Seattle until early Tuesday morning.
Carroll said that the schedule “does some” impact how much Harvin will be able to progress next week. “But we are just dealing with it,” Carroll said. “Just one shot at a time, so we’ll deal with it as it comes to us.”
Wagner, meanwhile, is making what the team considers a pretty miraculous recovery from a high ankle sprain suffered against Indianapolis on Oct. 6.
“He’s maybe 2-3 weeks ahead of what you would think would happen,” Carroll said. “I don’t know how he did it. The trainers don’t know either. But they did a great job getting him back.”
Carroll wouldn’t commit to Wagner starting but said he will definitely be able to play against the Rams.
The team has no other unsettled injury issues as it heads to St. Louis — Carroll said safety Jeron Johnson will not play and that WR Golden Tate had a good week of practice and is fine.
As for Wagner, he said he anticipated all along being able to get back quickly.
“When I first got hurt I wanted to try to get back the next day,” he said. “But it was a process. I really had to come in and was spending all my time trying to rehab and getting here as early as I can working with the training staff. Just countless hours of icing and all that stuff.
“It felt pretty good last week but I hadn’t ran full speed, hadn’t tried to cut yet, so they didn’t want to throw me out there. But when we got that break, that little weekend break, I stayed here and just really worked and cut and all that stuff to just really try to come back.”
Here’s some video of what Carroll had to say today: