Can it really be happening? Is Percy Harvin about to play his first game as a Seattle Seahawk this Sunday against his former team Minnesota? From all indications, yes, and yes.
Harvin told reporters after Friday’s practice in Renton, “I definitely think I’m ready to play. I’ve still got a lot of work to do, but I think I’m ready to start playing and getting packages in there and getting the ball more.”
First things first. Coach Pete Carroll said Harvin’s surgically repaired hip will be evaluated Saturday and is most likely a game-time decision. While Harvin wants to return kicks against the Vikings, Carroll all but ruled out that notion.
Harvin agreed it would be “crazy” to think he could do all the things he used to do right away. It has been nearly a year since he played in a real NFL game.
“I haven’t had the amount of practices or training camps that a lot of people have got,” said Harvin. “I have a lot of confidence in the coaching staff of getting me ready to play and I have all the confidence in the world in my ability and how I prepare.”
Harvin is officially listed as probable. That’s the same classification for several other Seattle players coming back from injuries, including the starting offensive tackles Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini. Carroll said both would be game-time decisions. The team would have to take Okung off the injured reserve/ designated to return and place him on the active roster.
It appears Seattle could place corner Brandon Browner on injured reserve after he hurt his groin in the Atlanta game. Walter Thurmond and Byron Maxwell are expected to share the job for the rest of the season.
DE Red Bryant and center Max Unger have cleared all their concussion tests and were full go in Friday’s practice.
DT Tony McDaniel is questionable with a hamstring injury, but was a full participant in the last workout of the week.
Minnesota’s Christian Ponder was limited in their Friday practice, but his left shoulder injury appears to have improved enough for him to start against Seattle. The Vikings will not have TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) or DT Letroy Guion (chest). Running back Matt Asiata (shoulder) is doubtful.
Key match-up Sunday will be the Vikings top ranked kickoff and punt return men against Seattle’s stingy special teams units. Jon Ryan and the Hawks punt coverage guys have allowed just 15 return yards the entire season. If Seattle can contain Adrian Peterson and make the Vikings offense go on long drives, it will be another Hawks home field victory.
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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