Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin appears to be on track to make his season debut against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings, on Sunday. Harvin has not played thus far this season coming off surgery to repair a labral tear in his hip. Harvin practiced in full on Friday and is officially listed as probable, although coach Pete Carroll continues to say that Harvin may be on a limited snap count and that the team wants to see how his responds before unleashing him.
Injury Outlook: It appears that Harvin will indeed make his return this week against the Vikings, but it remains to be seen exactly how much he will play. In the report I linked to above, Harvin himself was quoted as saying he can run all of his routes, which would lead me to believe that he’s cutting and twisting at that hip without pain or limitation. Remember, just three weeks ago, Harvin was dealing with some soreness and fluid build up in his surgically repaired hip, causing the team to take a step back in his attempt to return. He appears to have put that behind him now, but post-operative soreness and swelling in very common and stubborn, so it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for Harvin to still have some soreness after intensive physical activity.
A return this week for Harvin puts him roughly on course with the post-operative timeline of 3-4 months, but with the bye week looming next week, it would be very smart of the Seahawks to get him some snaps this week, but not overdo it considering he’ll have a full week off after Sunday to recover from his return. This will be a nice barometer for Harvin to see exactly where he stands in terms of his comfort level with planting-and-cutting in addition to his speed and burst off the line and out of his breaks.
Expect Harvin to make his long-awaited debut this week, albeit on a limited snap count. This week seems to me that it’s more of a crapshoot to put him in your lineup than a given, but if you’re absolutely desperate for WR help, you may not have much of a choice. My guess is he’ll have to find the end zone to have significant value this week as I can’t see him being on the field enough to rack up big reception/yard numbers to be a fantasy stud this week. Until we see him in game-speed making cuts off that surgically-repaired hip and looking close to the Harvin of old, we’ll have to reserve our judgment moving forward. But the expectation is that he’ll be ready to roll coming off the Seahawks bye week Week 12.
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