RENTON — The Seattle Seahawks’ prized offseason pickup could be standing on the sideline as an observer when the team opens the regular season Sept. 8 at the Carolina Panthers.
Fifth-year pro Percy Harvin was a surprise addition to Seattle’s active/physically unable to perform (PUP) list because of a hip issue at the opening of the team’s training camp on Thursday.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll after practice confirmed reports that Harvin could have a slight labrum tear in his hip, and likely will seek a second opinion on the injury that ultimately could require surgery.
If Harvin does opt for surgery, he could be out two to three months recovering from the surgery, putting him out for first half of the regular season.
However, Carroll said it’s too early to speculate what the final prognosis will be for 25-year-old receiver.
“Percy’s got a hip issue that we’re dealing with, that came up while he was working out during the summer,” Carroll said. “And we’re trying to figure it out. We’re going
to do everything we can to make the right decision to help him and take care of him in every way.
“He was working out just a week or so ago, and going full speed. But it was bothering him enough, and we took some looks at it. And we’re going to try and figure out what are the right procedures to take care of him and get him back on the field.”
Harvin was one of six Seattle players placed on the PUP list to begin training camp, joining tight end Zach Miller (foot), defensive end Chris Clemons (knee), defensive lineman Greg Scruggs (knee), running back Robert Turbin (foot) and cornerback Tharold Simon (foot).
Linebacker Korey Toomer (knee) was placed on the non-football injury list.
Players placed on the PUP list during training camp are allowed to re-join the team at any time during the preseason.
Asked about his level of concern regarding Harvin’s injury, Carroll said: “Right now, we need to get more information. We don’t know enough right now, so we’ll just wait and see. The good part is it’s really early, and we have a lot of time to get him ready.”
Sidney Rice, Harvin’s good friend and teammate both here and Minnesota, had successful hip surgery in August 2010 at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo. – a place that specializes in hip procedures. So it’s possible that Harvin will seek a second opinion on his injury there.
The Seahawks made an offseason trade to acquire Harvin from Minnesota, giving up first- and seventh-round selections in this year’s draft and a third-round pick in 2014.
Seattle signed Harvin to a six-year, $67 million deal, with $25.5 million guaranteed.
Harvin missed the final seven games of the 2012 season with a high ankle sprain suffered against Seattle, but never showed up on Minnesota’s injury report in 2012 with a hip issue.
However, Harvin did sit out an offseason workout in June with what Carroll described at the time as “a little bit of a hip flexor thing that’s bothering him.”
Harvin did not return to action the following week at Seattle’s mandatory minicamp.
Losing Harvin for a significant time would be a blow to Seattle’s offense after offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell spent the offseason devising schemes to use the explosive playmaker’s skills.
However, the Seahawks have a good fallback option in slot receiver Doug Baldwin, who led the team in receptions as an undrafted rookie free agent two years ago.
While quarterback Russell Wilson would rather have Harvin on the field, he said he’s not concerned about missing reps with his star receiver at the beginning of camp.
“Percy has played in the league for several years now,” Wilson said. “He knows football. He understands the game, and we talk all the time about certain routes and things. You don’t have to always get the reps to perfect them.”