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Carroll says Harvin will practice Thursday with intent of playing in playoff game

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Dec. 30, 2013 at 4:25 pm with 38 Comments »
December 30, 2013 6:47 pm

So, a shift.

Pete Carroll said Percy Harvin will practice Thursday with the intent to play in the playoffs.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Carroll said. “It’s come to the point where we can go to that. Keep our fingers crossed for him. He wants to contribute to this team.”

Carroll said Harvin has been rehabbing the whole time. He said the handling of Harvin has had to do exclusively with his injury and was not influenced by his contract or any other personal situations.

Here’s most of what Carroll said about Harvin:

On the possibility of having him back) “It would be a great thing for him. This guy is a true competitor and would do anything to play. He’s been fighting for some time, months and months, to his credit, he has not given up on it. He’s at a place where he has a chance. So, we’ll see what happens. That’s kind of it. If he can help this team, that’s great. We’ve never ever said this changes anything for us. He’s one of the terrific young players on this team and we’re hoping that he can do his part and fit in. We won’t change anything to do that, but it will be great for him. We’ll benefit from it too, if it works out. We’ll find out.”

Has been a matter of him figuring out how to deal with the soreness?) “It’s way more complicated than that. He had major surgery on his hip. Lot of people are walking around for years getting back from that. He’s trying to do it in months. He’s not just trying to get back to being a normal human being walking down the street. He goes a million miles an hour. Throws his body everywhere. He has to be perfectly fit to do that. He’s learned as he’s gone along to try and figure this thing out. It’s taken some time. It’s a very delicate situation. I couldn’t be more pleased about how he’s gone about it. Working his way through it. Right now, I didn’t mention day-to-day or week-to-week. He’s going to practice Thursday and we’ll see what happens from there.”

Do you have concern about working someone back in at this point of the year?) “I’m not worried about that at all. I think we’ll do that really well. We’re not going to overweigh what this means. Just kind of bringing one of our guys back on the roster and see what happens. He knows what we’re doing, he knows our system, there’s no question of that. There’s still a lot to be said for not having practiced for a long time. We’ll take that all into account.

Anything beyond his injury, contractual or personal that influenced the process of him getting back?) “No. This is a young man that’s got a bright, long future. We want to make sure we take care of him. It has nothing to do with his contract”

Was there a point where you guys said let’s wait for the playoffs?) “We never said that. There was a time I thought maybe he didn’t have a chance to take a turn that he needed within the last month or so. He needed a couple weeks. Now, we have a couple weeks. We’ll see what happens. There’s no gameplan here. There’s nothing behind it. We got a young guy trying to get back on the team trying to help us to win. There’s no strategy to this or anything like that. We’re just hoping for him, if he can contribute, that will be great. He showed when he jumped out in Minnesota, he looked like he could do something. That was pretty exciting, if you think back.”

“We’re going to take this very smoothly. It would be wrong to change things because of one unusual player. We’re just going to add him in to see where he fits in. Put the ball in his hands, things are going to happen. He’s 1-for-1 on kick returns as a Seahawks. He went 50 in a heartbeat. If he gets a chance to play and get through it and shows he’s ready and all that, he could do something in the next game.”


One clarification: The Seahawks will practice Thursday and Friday this week. They are off Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

Leave a comment Comments → 38
  1. Wow…stunned…does he follow the blog (hate to think I was a hater).

    Is this cover or is it real. You really can’t bite into the crow sandwich until you see him actually in a game.

  2. Hmmmmm…… I will wait and see before getting my hopes up.

  3. Hawkjitsu says:

    Hilarious. Can’t wait to read all the “yeah, right” and “I never said IR” comments.

  4. seaturkeys says:

    Hell yes!

  5. UltimateHawk says:

    The well known “secret” is officially out!

  6. banosser says:

    Yes! That is what I was expecting/hoping…

    and there HAS been a ton of hate here..

  7. thursday says:

    Ahahahah. Welp.

  8. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Time to eat some Crow Chuck. Chuck oh Chuck, where did you go? Lol.

    It’s ok, it won’t be the first time you were wrong.

    But if you keep it up you will catch up to BobbyK and me.

  9. chuck_easton says:

    Um Percy…if you had actually been on the field to help the team maybe you wouldn’t have ‘haters’ out there

    So there ya go Percy. More fuel for your fire. Go ahead and prove me wrong and I’ll be more than glad to stop hating.
    Until then, count me as one of your biggest haters. What ya gonna do about it Percy? Your move. Show me how wrong I’ve been.

    ( just in case he does actually read this blog…more than happy to give him more fuel).

  10. thursday says:

    There has absolutely been a ton of hate here and very few people giving him the benefit of the doubt, OR believing he would play yet this year. Not to mention the media running with things Carroll never said. I love this news for so many reasons.

  11. Hell ya, So much for Chuck huh, Ha HA

  12. chuck_easton says:

    And that’s for you as well Georgia. As I said you are Marry Poppins enough for both of us. You continue to keep up your end of the team and I’ll continue to keep up mine. It’s working great so far.

  13. OMG!!! I am so excited. We need him back so bad. With Percy on our offense, we can win it all. Without him,…………. I am so afraid that our offense may not be good enough.

  14. This could be one huge injection of energy to a offense that really needs it.

  15. Well, hate is a bit strong for what has been written here. Mockery, yes. Serious question about whether there was any value in the signing/trade, yes. Serious question about his will to come back, yes. But remember a lot of that got started because of the strange nature of revealing the injury back in the summer before training camp. It just appeared. Then surgery was discussed as if there was a serious question as to whether it was needed. Then he had it, came back pretty fast really. Played against Minnesota, of all teams, then he disappears in a cloud of Carroll-speak for weeks.

    A lot of “hate” really wasn’t that…it was the rather strange way the entire episode has unfolded and maybe even some poor PR/Information that came from it…the Belichek method of informing the fans…

  16. much more frustration than hate. always felt it was a little unfair of anyone on here to play doctor when we didn’t have any real info.

    hope he can play for us, we could sure use him. not at all counting on it yet.

  17. Hawkenstein says:

    All part of the plan.

  18. Three more games to win and it’d be much easier to do with Percy on the field.

  19. seaturkeys says:

    He’ll still have haters even after he plays. He’ll be double teamed as a wr and the other team won’t kick to him.

  20. chuck_easton says:


    I won’t be a hater once he plays two consecutive games. Not expecting much from him and he hasn’t actually made it on to the field yet Georgia so I’m not wrong yet!

  21. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    That’s great news. If he plays the duration of the playoffs I’ll rescind every negative thing I’ve ever said about him.

    On another note, I just had the worse revelation ever. With the second overall pick in the draft, the Rams will draft Clowney. Clowney on one end, and Quinn on the other. The Rams are going to have the most dominate D-line in the NFL for years to come.

    We need to draft an O-lineman, or two. Then, we need to keep coach Cable to coach them up. Clowney and Quinn will desolate (just saw The Hobbit last night, lol) opposing offenses for years to come.

  22. ChrisHolmes says:

    Well, we still need to see it, but this is certainly positive news. I’ve been hopeful, myself, that he’d play in the playoffs, when it matters the most. His impact is clear. He and Tate can make plays, and we’re going to need it, no matter who we play.

    Good for him. I hope it works out. He’s a serious weapon.

  23. I have no hate for Harvin but PC and JS knew before signing him that he had hip issues and knew there was a good chance he would require hip surgery, but they decided to roll the dice and sign him anyway. They gambled a lot on a player who does not have a great track record of staying healthy on the field. I always thought it was weird that there was no announcement of an injury during training camp to Harvin. All of a sudden he is tweeting about getting an MRI and 2nd opinions about his hip. There was no on-field injury because the problem was always there.

  24. Chuck isn’t exactly wrong yet. When I see #11 on the field, every down, then I’ll say he was.

  25. It looks like Chuck may of been wrong about his motivation and dedication.No one knows how he will play but he is going to try.

  26. RDPoulsbo says:

    The Rams already have Quinn and Long. It’s more likely they’ll trade down and get another King’s Ransom to a team like the Browns desperate for a QB and trying to prove to their fans that they really do care.

  27. HawkyHann says:

    Wow. I love this news. We need the explosive plays so bad and he can make a house call anytime he touches the ball. Go ahead and blitz DangeRuss with this bad boy out there.

  28. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    The Rams do have Long. He’s 28 and due 11 million next year. Who knows what will happen, but I know the Rams have at least considered trading Long for a second round pick (or whatever they can get for him), and saving money. I mean the idea of saving 11 million in salary cap and drafting Clowney for the rookie minimum, and then having perhaps the most dominate D-line in the league for the next several seasons has to appeal to somebody in the Rams front office. I’m eager to see what the Rams do with their #2 pick.

  29. ChrisHolmes says:

    Clowney will be a bust, so if the Rams want to drop Long and pickup Clowney, I’d be all for that.

    But I don’t think that will happen. As stated, they’re going to try and ransom the pick for a QB needy team.

    Problem is, I think the Rams should consider themselves a QB needy team. I don’t think Bradford is the answer.

  30. Ummm…. maybe I am misunderstanding something, but there isn’t really any news here, is there? Harvin has been day-to-day for sometime now, and there is no commitment to him playing, so where is the difference?

  31. edstang45 says:

    we’ll see

  32. DisplacedSeahawkFan says:

    “Clowney will be a bust.” There is simply no way to know that, one way or the other. However, “experts” say he looks like Mario Williams 2.0. He’ll definitely be a to 5 pick though. And if he’s as good as he projects to be he’ll definitely be a problem for opposing offenses. I hope the Texans take him–because we probably won’t play them again for a few more years. JJ Watt and Clowney together would be as much as, or worse, nightmare as Quinn and Clowney.

  33. Southendzone says:

    Ok, sorry Percy, if you found all my TNT blog posts you would probably have cause to say I’ve been a hater, definitely negative about the whole situation.

    If Percy gets back and makes the difference in even a single playoff game and we end up somehow winning the superbowl, I will change my tune from “worst trade in NFL history” to “Best trade the universe has ever seen”

    It’s all about winning the superbowl THIS year. If that gets done, I’ll never complain about anything seahawks related ever again.

  34. Yes you will. :)

  35. “Clowney will be a bust, so if the Rams want to drop Long and pickup Clowney, I’d be all for that.”

    Definitely have to file that away and set aside a helping of crow. ;-)

    I agree with RD that the Lambs will try and trade down if possible. The Redskins really bent over and grabbed their ankles on that trade. Hopefully, Bradford never pans out. We don’t need 3 other really good teams in our division while some pathetic excuse from the NFC Least gets a home playoff game.

  36. montanamike2 says:

    I’ll be stoked if Harvin helps us get a ring, still a bit pissed if his contract keeps us from resigning Tate. The two of them could be the dynamic duo if the finances work. We can’t forget that We got the #1 seed without Harvin.

  37. RDPoulsbo says:

    I still think Bradford is a decent QB. He’s not elite, but still pretty good. His problem is the absolute crap o-line that’s in front of him every year. As much as I malign Seattle’s line, St. Louis is Bad News Bears quality. Constantly injured and ineffective when healthy. If they can just be an average while plugging more holes with 1st and 2nd round picks, Bradford won’t have to be elite.

  38. EzraMelech says:

    I don’t post often, I did however post a few weeks back that this was the plan…. Just saying :) (Here is hoping he is at least 90% healthy)

    Go Hawks


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