Pete Carroll: Percy Harvin’s hip surgery went “very well”, no return timetable yet
Carroll revealed that Harvin’s surgery “went very well” and that he’s in for a “long rehab process.” But for now, Harvin will remain in New York for the next two weeks before returning to Seattle to complete his rehab, Carroll said.
The 25-year-old Harvin initially indicated via twitter that a second opinion for the injured hip led him to the decision of undergoing surgery, to repair a small tear in the labrum in his hip. Harvin has yet to practice after being placed on the PUP list prior to training camp. He is expected to miss significant time this season, but the Seahawks don’t have a precise timetable to mark Harvin’s projected return from the hip surgery.
"We don't have any dates or timeline or any of that kind of stuff,” Carroll said. But we'll be optimistic and hope he'll get back as soon as possible and be ready to go, eventually,” Carroll said.
The Seahawks knew what they were getting into when they traded for Harvin in May, in exchange for a 2013 first-round pick shipped to the Minnesota Vikings. But Harvin has the potential of being a high-risk, high-reward player for the Seahawks after they signed him to a six-year, $67 million contract, including $25.5 million guaranteed, this offseason. Despite the seriousness of Harvin’s hip injury, the Seahawks continue to hold out hope for his return to action later this season.
“That’s what we are hoping,” Carroll said on Harvin’s chances of returning sometime in the 2013 season. “With all the information we got, we are more hopeful. We are hopeful that he will have a chance to get back.”
The Seahawks are looking for Harvin to possibly return to field by Thanksgiving, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. Under the best-case scenario, Harvin will be making his Seahawks debut in Week 13 against the New Orleans Saints.
In other updates from the Seahawks’ training camp, at least 20 players sat out Thursday’s no-pads practice. Carroll made sure to note that none of injuries are supposed to be serious, and all said that all except Harvin have should be back for the first game of the regular season.
“There are an array of guys that we are resting just because it’s that time to do that. But we’ve got a couple of nagging kind of groins and things like that. Nothing serious at this point,” Carroll said. “All of the things we are dealing with, we are very hopeful that they will get back and get out there within a few days.”
But Carroll probably forgot to mark defensive end Chris Clemons off that list, after he suffered an ACL injury in the Seahawks’ playoff win over the Washington Redskins.
Rookie tight end Luke Willson practiced today in a red jersey after injuring his arm Wedensday in a collision with safety Winston Guy. Also out again was defensive end Bobby Wagner with a sore shoulder, while running back Robert Turbin and tight end Zach Miller also missed Thursday’s practice. But Carroll expected the trio to be back in a few weeks. Cornerback Jermey Lane missed time with a bruised foot, Darren Fells due to a hamstring injury, while Michael Palmer had a groin issue. Meanwhile, receiver Sidney Rice is supposed to be back in time for the preseason.