Seahawks' Harvin seeks second opinion on injury

Coach Pete Carroll chooses to be optimistic about wide receiver’s hip, newcomer’s playing status this season

eric.williams@thenewstribune.comJuly 28, 2013 

RENTON — While talking with reporters after Saturday’s training camp practice, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed a report that wide receiver Percy Harvin would travel to New York to get a second opinion on his injured hip from Dr. Bryan Kelly.

Harvin, Seattle’s top offseason acquisition, was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list to begin training camp. He watched practice from the sideline for a third consecutive day.

Carroll confirmed earlier last week that Harvin has a slight labrum tear. On Saturday, Carroll did not rule out the possibility that Harvin could play this season if his injured hip requires surgery.

“It wouldn’t necessarily be season-ending,” Carroll said. “That’s one of the scenarios it could be, but the likelihood of getting back just depends on what they have to do. … That’s a possibility, but we’re hoping that’s not the probability. We’re thinking it’s going to be better than that.”

With Harvin seeking a second opinion, Carroll said the team is looking for clarity on how to move forward.

Harvin reportedly was cleared by Seattle’s team doctors before training camp. However, Carroll said that when Harvin reported to camp, he had some soreness in his hip, prompting team doctors to take a closer look at the injury.

“There’s a whole array of situations that could occur,” Carroll said. “We have to wait and see. It’s everything that he might be able to come right back here in a couple weeks and be ready to go. There may be some procedure that needs to take place, and there’s a number of different ways that could happen. And the lengths of the recovery depend on what has to take place.

“So it’s uncertain right now. But for sure, we’re going to take our time and be very patient and make sure that the docs get a good look at it.”

Carroll said Harvin wants to practice, but the team must make sure he’s fully healthy.

“He’s really frustrated because he wants to play so bad,” Carroll said. “It’s killing him not to be out there, but we just have to be really smart about it. And because it’s so early, we have a lot of time, and we’re going to utilize it.”

When asked how concerned he is that Harvin will not be available this season, Carroll said: “I don’t even know. I don’t know that. And we’ll just wait and see. We know that there’s been guys with a similar injury that have played. And there’s been guys with a similar injury that don’t, that take some time, or take some procedures and stuff. So we just have to wait it out and find out, and we’re just going to be as diligent about that as possible.”

Carroll said safety Kam Chancellor played with a similar hip issue last season.

“Kam Chancellor made it through, and he’s OK,” Carroll said. “So we know that there’s a chance that it could be all right. So we just have to keep our fingers crossed. We’re pretty optimistically minded around here. And we’ll try to take as much time as we need to make a really good decision to take care of (Harvin) in the best way possible.”

Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 eric.williams@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks @eric_d_williams

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