The receiver group for the Seattle Seahawks was front and center a day after the Percy Harvin announced that he would have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip, likely making him unavailable for a large chunk of the 2013 season.
While acknowledging the unfortunate loss of Harvin for a majority of the season, receivers Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin said Seattle’s offense still will not miss a beat once the regular season begins in September.
“I hate to say it, but Sidney (Rice) was dealing with injuries my rookie season, and we were able to go forward without him, Baldwin said. “Percy wasn’t here last year. So we still have depth. We have guys on this team that haven’t even had a chance to play football yet on Sundays, and they’re more than capable of filling in too, if we need them as well.”
“I think it affects me more now that he’s gone,” added Tate. “With him being here, I felt like I still was going to get my touches. I still was going to make my plays, and it was actually going to open it up a lot more for us.
“But we’ll see. Only time will tell. I haven’t spoken with anyone, or had discussions (about the offense). But it’s definitely something I’m curious about.”
Carroll did not provide a time table for Harvin’s eventual return, saying team doctors won’t know for certain until the surgery is completed in New York on Thursday.
“Percy does have a chance to get back,” Carroll told the league’s web site. “And we’ll find that out after the procedure. We’ll know what took place, and then they’ll make a guess on how long that will take him.
“But we’re going to get him right, fix him up and take care of him. We made a big commitment to Percy. We want to make sure that he’s 100 percent and ready to go. So we look forward to a fast recovery, and him getting back out here.”
One person who will benefit from Harvin’s absence is Jermaine Kearse, who shows continual improvement in practice each day, and has developed a good rapport with quarterback Russell Wilson.
“I feel a lot more confident and a lot more comfortable with the offense and the program,” Kearse said. “I know what to expect wit what Coach Kippy Brown and Coach Carroll want from me, and I just try to come out here and compete every day, and focus on the things that I can get better on.”
A crowded training room
Seattle’s training room is filling up with the completion of Day 6 of training camp. The Seahawks had 18 players not practice today, including six players on the pup list in Harvin (hip), Greg Scruggs (knee), Chris Clemons (knee), Tharold Simon (foot), Zach Miller (foot) and Robert Turbin (foot). Linebacker Korey Toomer (hip) remains on the non-football injury list.
Others sitting out of practice include tight ends Michael Palmer and Darren Fells, cornerbacks Ron Parker (hamstring) and Jeremy Lane (walking boot), defensive end Michael Brooks, linebacker Bobby Wagner, defensive ends Kenneth Boatright and Cliff Avril (hamstring), Sidney Rice (knee), Kyle Knox and offensive lineman Michael Bowie (hamstring).
Tight end Luke Willson suffered what looked to be an arm injury late in practice while diving for a ball in the end zone, with safety Winston Guy closing in on him.
Receiver Stephen Williams also sat out the second half of practice, but I do not know whether he was injured or just getting a blow.
* Former Seattle Seahawks Jim Zorn and Randall Morris stopped by practice today.
* New addition Jameson Konz is wearing No. 87, and played tight end today. Konz had been playing SAM linebacker the last time he was with the team>
* Cornerback Byron Maxwell corralled his second interception, going high to take the ball away from Tate, and seems to be solidifying a spot on the active roster with his solid, consistent play.
* John Moffitt moved back with the first unit playing right guard, and wearing some shorts that John Stockton would have been proud of.
* Rookie receiver Chris Harper made a couple outstanding catches today, and seems to be taking the absence of Harvin as his chance to make a move up the depth chart.
* But the play of the day was provided by Russell Wilson, who wiggled out of the pocket, spotted an open Sean McGrath in the back of the end zone and zinged a pass from the opposite hash mark about 70 yards on a rope, hitting McGrath in the chest.
Of course, McGrath promptly had the ball swiped away from him by Earl Thomas, so it would not have been catch in a real game. Still, it’s one of the more impressive throws I’ve seen first hand.
* Allen Bradford played middle linebacker with the first unit with Wagner unavailable
* Congratulations to defensive lineman Michael Bennett and his wife, who had a daughter, Ali, on Tuesday. Bennett was back at practice today.