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December 30, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Carroll says Harvin will practice Thursday, hopes to play in playoffs

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll dropped some unexpected news during his regular Monday afternoon press conference, saying that receiver Percy Harvin will practice on Thursday — the team’s next practice during the bye week — with the hope of playing in the playoff game Jan. 11.

Here’s what Carroll said:

“Percy is going to practice with us when we get back and with the intention of playing in the next game and we’ll see what happens. That is the intent and we will see how it goes. It has come to a point where he can go to that and we will keep our fingers crossed for him. He wants to contribute and be part of this team and he is going to do everything he can do so we will see what happens.”

Carroll had indicated earlier Monday that Harvin would need the off-season to get fully right after having said last week the team might soon think of putting Harvin on Injured Reserve.

Carroll said this afternoon that Harvin “hes been rehabbing the whole time to get to this point. He ran real well today.”

Carroll said there was no secret plan to try to save Harvin for the playoffs but that he simply wasn’t ready to give it a real shot until now after feeling soreness in the hope following the one game he has played this season against Minnesota on Nov. 17.

Asked the impact Harvin could make to the Seahawks, he said:

“It will be a great thing for him, first off. This guy is a true competitor and he would do anyting to play, and he has been fighting for some time now,  months and months, to try and position himself so he could get back there,  and to his credit he has not given up on it. And he is at a place where he has a chance. So we’ll see what happens. That’s kind of it.

“If he can help his team, then that’s great, and we have never, ever said that this changes anything for us. He’s one of the terrific young players on our team and we are hoping he can do his part and fit in. And we won’t change anything to do that. But it will be great for him, so we will benefit from it it if works out well. We’ll see what happens.”

Shortly after Carroll spoke, Harvin Tweeted what sounds like an expectation of returning:

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