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January 9, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Pete Carroll: “Percy is playing. He’s playing in the game”

Here’s what Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to say to the media today following Thursday’s practice, a session that was devoted largely to the news that Percy Harvin will play for just the second time this season, and first since the Nov. 17 game against Minnesota:

(On how everything went this week…) “We’ve had really two excellent weeks. I think the way we framed it last week, the work that we did, and the rest that we took really paid off. We had great practices this week to the point where we were really able to taper down. I’m looking forward to these guys feeling good, feeling healthy and strong and ready to play. I’m excited about that.”

(On Percy Harvin…) “Percy is playing. He’s playing in the game. We’re excited about him going and excited for him. It’s been a long, long haul for a guy that’s such a great competitor and that means so much to, and for him to have the opportunity to join us now is really exciting I know for him, and for us too. We love to him.”

(On what did the Saints do last time they played to have some success stopping the run…) “They’re really good. They’re good upfront and they’ve done it all year long, this is a very good defense, they showed it again last week, they’re stout, they’re multiple, their pass defense is excellent, so they’re a good group.”

(On if he has ever had a guy in his career be on the brink of IR and then come back and blow everyone away at practice…) “Yeah there’s been surprises along the way Sam that you don’t know if it’s going to work or not. We’ve been on it so close so many times in taking this step, we just waited it out as long as we could, and the couple of weeks that we’ve gained there have made a difference, talking about Percy Harvin. He has stuck to it, he’s never backed off the process of the rehab, and we just kind of took all of the time that was available, and we were fortunate when got there. I had to look him in the eye two weeks ago on Monday and say this is the time, this is it, we have to make the call, and he said not now let me have a shot, and he was ready to go. With great work from the trainers and a very successful surgery, he’s back and ready to go so we’ll see what happens. We’re anxious to add him to the mix is really what we’re going to do here.”

(On what made him think it was going to be worth keeping the spot open for Percy Harvin to come back…) “I’m always looking for something good to happen probably is most prevalent in thinking here. We kept thinking that we had a chance to get him back. He was on the roster all year long and only with the Minnesota game where he could actually help. We just kept thinking the way he was about it and the competitor that he is that he would stick it out; he would give us the opportunity to get him back. We would’ve loved to have had him earlier, but we’re thrilled to have him now.”

(On if there are any limitations on Percy Harvin in terms of snap count, kick returns or anything…) “He’s going. I told you if he’s going to go, he’s going. So he’s playing.”

(On if Percy Harvin is in a better position now physically than he was even before the Minnesota game…) “We thought we were right of course when we did that then. He just needed more time; he didn’t recover from the game. We’ll have to see how that goes too. He felt well about it, everybody felt like we were doing the right thing, but he couldn’t respond in the weeks after. We’ll see what happens this week. We don’t know what’s going to happen until we do it again. Are we better I don’t know, we’ll find out.”

(On if he has to harness Percy Harvin emotionally and tell him not to do too much…) “Yeah I think that is a real classic issue. We’ve been kind of talking about this in preparation for this call that we could make it, and I think we’re on track there. He’s an excitable guy, a huge energy, he’s very aggressive, and I don’t expect him to hold back one bit to tell you the truth.”

(On the punt coverage and when did he have a sense that it was going to be this good this year…) “We’ve had a great relationship with our kicker. Jon Ryan is doing a great job and he’s kicked the ball like we want to for a long time. We have really worked the field, I don’t know if it’s recognizable to you, but we work the field with Jon because he is so adept at putting the ball inside the ten yard line and inside the 20. This year we have just hit it right, we have a really experienced group on the punt team, everybody understands what is going on, and Jon has had a very accurate year of kicking. We’ve controlled the return game by the style of kicks and how we’ve covered it. We just got going on it, it seemed solid and we were having great success with it so we just kept going. Sometimes you kick it way more; we haven’t kicked it as much as some other teams, but we like the net result of what’s happening. It’s come along and has been a factor for us all year.”

(On Luke Willson…) “Luke is ready, he’s ready to go.”

(On Kam Chancellor…) “He’s ready to go, he practiced today.”

(On if it’s crazy to think that Luke Willson can come back from that injury as fast as he did…) “Yeah a little bit, a little bit. Something happened because they checked him out right off the bat and it looked like he had a broken leg. They checked him out again that night and he didn’t. So all I can tell you is that it was a remarkable whatever happened in there. There was a laying of hands or something I don’t know what happened, but he jumped right back and he had terrific work and he’s ready to play.”

(On if K.J. Wright can run…) “I didn’t see him so I don’t know that yet. We don’t know.”


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