RENTON — The Seahawks continue to stop and start with wide receiver Percy Harvin.
Harvin is listed as doubtful for Seattle’s crucial Monday night game against the New Orleans Saints, which will influence who has home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.
After having his hip surgically repaired Aug. 1, Harvin was placed on the physically unable to perform list. He was activated Nov. 12 and made his debut in the Seahawks’ last game, Nov. 17, against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings.
Harvin made one catch for 17 yards and returned a kickoff 58 yards.
Afterward Harvin said that he came out of the game without any issues.
The Seahawks thought the subsequent schedule was ideal for Harvin’s full return. He had a light workload in his first game – 19 plays and 16 “active” snaps – followed by a bye week to rest, then another full week to prepare prior to the Monday night game.
Instead, Harvin continued to experience soreness and has not practiced all week. He’s received rehabilitative treatment on his hip as opposed to being on the field. There is little chance he will play Monday.
“I thought from day-to-day we would have a chance to get him back,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “We thought he would get back. We’re going to list him as doubtful right now, he’s had a lot of stuff done to help him. We’ll go all the way to Monday with this.
“It’s more important for us to get him back for the longer haul,” Carroll continued. “I thought with the days off, it would all work together. But it didn’t work out quite right for us. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it.”
Carroll was asked if Harvin had any further structural damage.
“No, it’s just responding from the load of the game,” Carroll said. “He had 19 plays, so it wasn’t much. He’s just sore, so we don’t want to push it beyond that right now. It’s not worth it.
“We have to go day-to-day. That’s the facts. That’s the only way we can go right now. We don’t see anything big issue structurally, we’ve looked at everything. It’s just him getting back and making sure he’s balanced in that area so he can handle the workload.”
Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner (groin) is out Monday. He reportedly finished an appeal hearing Wednesday for a yearlong suspension stemming from multiple violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy.
The Seahawks, per league rule, are not allowed to comment on suspensions.
But, Carroll opened the door to a possible Browner return when explaining why cornerback Perrish Cox was signed as a free agent last Tuesday, then cut Wednesday afternoon following the close of Browner’s hearing that morning.
“We didn’t know what we would do with Brandon Browner really at the time, and we’re still waiting to figure out what his status is going to be,” Carroll said. “That really is what happened, just to keep that spot alive.”
His impact Monday may be minimal, but the Seahawks safety/cornerback DeShawn Shead has caught the Seahawks’ attention.
Shead was being paid almost four times what the regular practice squad player received before he was moved to the 53-man roster earlier this week after Cox was signed and released.
Shead was signed last year as an undrafted free agent from Portland State. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Shead was on the 53-man roster for the final four games of last season, but was inactive each game.
He’ll likely be active this Sunday to provide depth in the secondary with Browner injured and Walter Thurmond suspended. He can also contribute on special teams.
“He’s a good player,” cornerback Richard Sherman said. “I think since coming in here he’s established himself as both a corner and a safety. He’s got great physical tools at the line of scrimmage. He’s probably one of the most physical besides Brandon Browner and Kam Chancellor at the line of scrimmage.
“Just being able to be strong and stop people. I think he has good feet, I think if he gets his chance to be on the field he’ll surprise a lot of people, and I think that’s another testament to the depth that we have. I think he can go somewhere and play immediately.”