The Seahawks hoped that Percy Harvin was back for good when he made his debut with the team Nov. 17 against Minnesota, sparking a win over the Vikings with a 58-yard kickoff return.
Instead, as one of their biggest games of the year looms two days away, the Seahawks are unsure if they will have Harvin, who will officially be listed as doubtful while still dealing with soreness in his surgically repaired hip.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the final decision on Harvin will go down to game time Monday. But he sounded pessimistic in discussing the chances that Harvin will play.
“I thought that we would have from day-to-day a chance to get him back,” Carroll said, noting that the plan had been to limit his work in practice regardless. “We kept him in rehabilitating throughout the week. — his hip was just sore coming out of the game and we thought he would get back and so he is still, we are going to list him as doubtful right now.
“He’s had a lot of stuff done to help him. We’ll just have to wait and go all the way to Monday with this to see what happens. But unfortunately he didn’t make it back like we thought he would. It’s more important for us to get get him back for the longer haul. So if we wait another couple days here and get through the week, I thought with the days off it would all work together. But it didn’t work out quite right for us, so unfortunately he didn’t make it.”
Asked to elaborate on Harvin’s situation, Carroll said: “It’s just responding from the load of the game, and he only had 19 plays and 16 active plays in there, so it wasn’t very much. But he’s just sore and so we don’t want to push beyond that right now. It’s not worth it.”
Asked if Harvin’s situation is a concern, Carroll said: “It is for this weekend, for this game. We’ve got to list him as doubtful but we will see. We have to go day-to-day, that’s the facts. That’s the only way we can go right now. We don’t see any big issue structurally, we have looked at everything, it’s just him getting back and making sure that he is balanced in that area so that he can handle the work load.’
“. … He just hasn’t gotten rid of the soreness from the game and we thought it would go with the week break and all that, but it’s just lasted longer than we thought and with anything at all not right we are not going with it. We are going to make sure he’s 100 percent before we go. There is a lot of stuff he could do right now — he could go out and run around but he is just not quite perfect for it so we are going to wait.”
Carroll also said that the team cut cornerback Perrish Cox because of the uncertainty of whether and for how long Brandon Browner will be suspended.
“We didn’t know what we would do with Brandon really at the time, and we are still waiting to figure out what his status is going to be,” Carroll said. “So that is really what happened, keeping that spot alive. We should hear by the middle of next week at the latest, that kind of is what has been indicated. That doesn’t mean that’s going to happen, but that is normally what would happen.”
Carroll said other than Browner, who would be out anyway with a groin injury, and Harvin that the team is healthy.
“We are really in very good shape and really excited about that,” Carroll said. “We are at a tremendous finish opportunity here and we’ve got our guys, unfortunately Percy is looking like he might not make it, but other than that we are in good shape.”
Here is video of Carroll talking about Harvin: