Expected to add punch to an already dynamic offense, the Seattle Seahawks will be without explosive playmaker Percy Harvin for a large chunk of the 2013 season.
Harvin announced via Twitter that he will have surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his hip after receiving a second opinion from Dr. Bryan Kelly in New York on Tuesday.
“When everything is goin good sometimes life throw u a curve ball,” Harvin tweeted. “Sorry to (have) to report that my injury will require surgery”
The Seahawks later confirmed Harvin’s announcement.
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Kelly is expected to perform Harvin’s surgery Thursday, and according to USA Today, the Seattle receiver will remain in New York for two weeks recovering before returning to Seattle to continue his rehabilitation.
Recovery time for the surgery typically can be up to 16 weeks, but Harvin is expected to play at some point in the upcoming season.
Harvin’s surgery is a big blow for the Seahawks, who gave up three draft picks to acquire Harvin’s services via trade with Minnesota, with the thought that he would serve as a catalyst for a possible Super Bowl run.
The Seahawks signed Harvin to a six-year, $67 million deal, including $25.5 million in guaranteed money.
The Seahawks are slated to play Harvin’s former team, Minnesota, in Week 11 at CenturyLink Field on Nov. 17. It’s unlikely he makes it back in time to play against his old teammates.
“We’ll support the doctor’s findings and all that stuff,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said after practice Tuesday before Harvin announced his decision. “They’re working it out now, and we should hear more in the next day. But at this point we’re just going to help him get right, and whatever the time frame is, we’ll figure that out when we have all the information in.”
Harvin received a clean bill of health when Seattle performed a physical before the trade.
The first signs of the injury did not appear until an organized team activity workout June 3 when Carroll said Harvin missed practice because of a hip flexor
Harvin did not practice the following week during the team’s mandatory minicamp because of the injury.
He reported having soreness in the hip when he returned for the beginning of training camp last week, which prompted team doctors to further examine his hip. The team performed a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of Harvin’s hip, which revealed that he had a partially torn labrum
Team doctors recommended Harvin play through the pain and rehab the injury instead of having corrective surgery. Carroll noted last week that Seattle safety Kam Chancellor played through a similar injury last season.
However, Harvin ultimately made the decision to have surgery and get the situation taken care of now after consulting team doctors and Kelly.
Harvin began training camp on the team’s physically unable to perform (PUP) list last week. He’ll likely begin the regular season on the PUP list, which means Harvin will miss at least the first six games of the year.
After that, the team has a five-week window to get Harvin back on the practice field. Once Harvin begins practicing, the Seahawks have 21 days to add him to the active roster or miss the rest of the season. So Harvin could be added to Seattle’s roster as late as Week 15.
A couple other factors work in Seattle’s favor. The Seahawks bye week isn’t until Week 12. And the Seahawks have five games in December, which means Harvin still could have a significant impact on Seattle’s playoff push if he can make a healthy return.
Jermaine Kearse, Chris Harper and Stephen Williams are Seattle receivers who will benefit from Harvin’s injury, with a chance to either earn extra playing time or a roster spot.
Specifically, Carroll touted Kearse as a player who has proven to be an asset to the organization because of his contributions on special teams, and his versatility on offense.
“He’s very quick, and his catching range is excellent,” Carroll said about Kearse. “He can play all three spots, so he’s a vital part of what we’re doing, and it’s really all him. He’s busted his tail, and really come through. He’s a nice guy on our team.”
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