Seahawks’ Percy Harvin opts for hip surgery, could miss most of 2013
Harvin was in New York, seeking a second opinion on his ailing hip after a first doctor reportedly deduced that the layer had a slight tear in his hip labrum. As a key offensive acquisitions by the Seahawks this offseason, Harvin’s status for the 2013 season was uncertain after he opened training camp on the physically unable to perform list due to soreness in his hip.
“When everything is goin good sometimes life throw u a curve ball,” Harvin tweeted, “sorry to half to report that my injury will require surgery...”
Meanwhile, coach Pete Carroll said after the Seahawks Tuesday practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center, that the team was still “gathering information” on Harvin’s hip injury.
“That’s not right because we haven’t made a conclusion, a conclusive statement about that yet,” said Carroll of reports that the team doctors has made an earlier recommendation that Harvin did not require surgery, “We are trying to wait it out and make sure we take all the time that’s available and all of the information, so whatever those reports were they weren’t correct.’’
Carroll added that ultimately the final decision on whether there’s a true need for hip surgery will come down to Harvin.
“Eventually he has to say, ‘Yeah, I’m getting surgery or not.’ He has to OK that. But that’s all going to be with the information from the doctors, they are all working it out now and trying to get all the information,” Carroll said. “There is a lot of background work that we are doing here, too. But it will be doctor’s recommendation and of course the patient always gets the final shot.’’
The Seahawks have not yet identified the exact nature of the injury or which hip is turning out to be an issue for Harvin. Additionally, there was no word from the team when the hip surgery might take place, although ProfootballTalk.com reported that Harvin is likely to undergo the procedure in New York on Thursday.
It remains unclear how long Harvin might be out as the team has not has not released a timetable yet due to not being fully informed about Harvin’s injury. But NFL.com's Ian Rapoport speculated that he will miss three to four months, which should make him good to return by at least November.
“Nobody was more anxious and excited about season then....but I will be back strong as ever,” Harvi added in another tweet. “I appreciate all the love and prayers 12th man.”
Harvin also finished last season in Minnesota on the injured reserve after suffering an ankle injury in the Nov. 4 games against the Seahawks.
The Seahawks knew they were gambling on Harvin’s durability and ability to play this season when they traded three picks, including a first-round pick in the 2013 draft, to the Viking to acquire the Pro Bowler (2009) in May, but his ability as a playmaker outweighed the rest of the concerns. Subsequently, the Seahawks signed Harvin to a six-year, $67 million contract, which includes $25.5 million guaranteed, this offseason.