No hurry to get Harvin back on playing field

todd.dybas@thenewstribune.comOctober 25, 2013 

RENTON — Another day of wide receiver Percy Harvin will-he or won’t-he has passed. Friday’s episode is likely to be a repeat.

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Harvin’s status remains “day to day” as they feel out how Harvin is doing in his first week back at practice since Aug. 1 hip surgery that put him on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

“We’ll just go one day at a time and we’ll keep saying it because that’s really the truth,” Carroll said. “It’s a day-to-day, almost a drill-to-drill kind of situation to see if we’re managing him properly.

“It would be great to see him play this weekend, but that’s not part of what we’re counting. We just want to see what happens (Thursday) and see if he can get through it and go to him (Friday) and find out and take in the information; try and make a really good decision.

“I won’t know really until Monday, I would think. Unless, we learn something earlier.”

Harvin spent two years in Minnesota with Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who held the same job with the Vikings.

Bevell had Harvin and Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice, who also played two years with Harvin in Minnesota, together then. He’s watching and working Harvin back in like everyone else.

“I’m not sure what his role is going to be yet,” Bevell said. “I know what we’d like to do, I know what he brings.”

Rice is a locker over from Harvin. He knows what to expect.

“Electricity,” Rice said. “He’s been a big-play guy. Takes the top off the defense. It’s hard to cover a guy that’s that explosive and fast in the slot.”

When the Seahawks will first be able to employ those skills is still unknown.

MILLER’S RETURN CHANGES THINGS

Tight end Zach Miller returned to play at Arizona last Thursday after missing two weeks because of a hamstring injury. He had a big game in Glendale – about a 30-minute drive northwest of Tempe, where he grew up – with five catches for 40 yards and a touchdown.

Because of the proximity to his home, Carroll made Miller a captain for the game. The coach joked this week that he may have to do that every week because Miller played so well.

“He’s the kind of guy you can just count on every single time you go out whether it’s blocking, catching, or running, the whole thing,” Carroll said.

Miller played four years in Oakland before joining Seattle in 2011. Each year, he was coached by current Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable. Cable coached the Oakland offensive line for Miller’s first two seasons before being promoted to head coach. He, too, moved to the Seahawks in 2011.

Despite all the time together, Cable was still a bit surprised by how fast Miller got back into things.

“I was kind of like, ‘Whoa,’ ” Cable said. “He picked it right up. It is a product of the experience and system. It showed. What a difference the guy makes.”

INJURY REPORT IS LIGHT

No surprises for the Seahawks on Thursday’s injury report, the first of the week because of the Monday night game.

Right tackle Breno Giacomini (knee), safety Jeron Johnson (hamstring) and fullback Derrick Coleman (hamstring) did not participate. Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, who has missed the past two games because of a high ankle sprain, was a limited participant in practice. Wide receiver Golden Tate (shoulder) was a full participant and said he expected to be 100 percent healthy by game time.

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