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November 15, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Harvin speaks: “I definitely think I’m ready to play”

Seattle receiver Percy Harvin spoke to the media following practice today, and said he thinks he’s ready to play Sunday against Minnesota but that for now, it remains a day-to-day decision.

Here are the quotes of what he said, with some video below as well:

On how the week of practice felt: “It was great. It felt great to be out there with my teammates just running plays being able to go in the huddle again, just being able to smell grass and being able to lace the cleats up again, it felt great. So just taking it day by day so hopefully everything goes well tomorrow and I’m forward to the game.’’

On the setback he had a few weeks ago and whether he was concerned: “I wasn’t real concerned. There was some fluid built up that caused some stiffness just running and things was just a little sore. I didn’t really have a lot of concern. The doctor as we took the MRI the bone structure where he did the surgery at was perfectly fine, everything structurally was fine, just had some fluid built up and we had to stop and kind of let that heal up and take the fluid out and I was right back on Monday.’’

On if he feels ready to play: “I definitely think  I’m ready to play, I’ve still got a lot of work to do but I think I am ready to start playing and getting practices in there and getting the ball more.’’

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On not playing for a year and being rusty: “I’m not worrying about it but it’s to be expected I haven’t played a game in a year, I haven’t had the amount of practices or the training camp that a lot of people have gotten. But I have a lot of confidence in this coaching staff getting me ready to pay and all the confidence in my ability and the way I prepare, so I’m not worried at all.’’

On how much he would be ready to do: “I won’t say what I can and can’t do. I would just say it would be crazy for me to think I can go out there and play the amount of plays I was able to play before and do all the things I was. I’m able to do some of the things, but it’s still all day-to-day and we’ll see.’’

On it being special to debut against his old team: “Not at all. It’s good to play those guys and be able to see those guys. I’ve still got a lot of friends over there — I text them and talk to them a lot. But this is solely about the Seattle Seahawks me being able to be out there and play again and get ready for this playoff run. It has nothing to do with the Vikings.’’

On noticing that he could debut against the Vikings: “Yeah, actually a couple of weeks ago, as he said when I had the setback, I wanted to play the Monday night game and then the following game after that and then it all just seemed like I was going to be able to play this game.’’

On the quotes from Jared Allen about how the Vikings would have a better chance if he didn’t play and if he saw them: “I definitely do. And to speak on that, Jared Allen, it meant a lot to me to hear those guys still giving me those type of compliments coming out of that locker room. I’ve got a lot of respect, a whole lot of respect for Jared Allen. Me and him had a lot of talks and he talked me through a lot of things while I was there, so to still hear him have that kind of respect for me meant a lot to me.’’

On what he wanted out of this week: “I definitely think I got everything out of it. The plan was just to get out there and start moving around. And it’s never actually the day of that I do things that the trainers or anybody is worried about, it’s the following day and making sure there is no swelling and no stiffness. I was able to go out there and I was explosive, I was able to run all my routes so it all worked out good.’’

On being able to practice three straight days being encouraging: “Definitely. I think the last time I went through a half of practice and then the swelling came so being able to put back-to-back-to-back days and not have any swelling, any setbacks it’s encouraging. So as long as everything works well tomorrow, which I fully plan on it, should be a good sign for the game.’’

On comfort level with Russell Wilson: “It’s at an all-time high. We did a lot of work throughout the off-season just going to different high schools and getting the receivers all together before the OTAs when I first got here, we were throwing the ball a lot. And just being back out there with him we didn’t miss a whole lot as far as chemistry-wises. But with that said we still have a lot of work to do, I have a lot of work to do. But that all comes with repetitions in practices and games.’’

On the team’s start: “It’s been a blessing and then to go to my injury, to know that you have an injury healed up and to know that your team is still doing exactly what we planned on doing, what the coaching staff and what everybody talked about doing, so that just allowed me and the training staff to really sit back and allow me to heal the right way and not be able to rush it or anything like that. So I’m just looking to get back in and fit in and not try to rush anything and like I said just get in and make plays along with all the other playmakers.’’



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