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Carroll says Harvin will practice Thursday with intent of playing in playoff game

So, a shift.

Pete Carroll said Percy Harvin will practice Thursday with the intent to play in the playoffs.

"We'll see how it goes," Carroll said. "It's come to the point where we can go to that. Keep our fingers crossed for him. He wants to contribute to this team."

Carroll said Harvin has been rehabbing the whole time. He said the handling of Harvin has had to do exclusively with his injury and was not influenced by his contract or any other personal situations.

Here's most of what Carroll said about Harvin:

On the possibility of having him back) "It would be a great thing for him. This guy is a true competitor and would do anything to play. He's been fighting for some time, months and months, to his credit, he has not given up on it. He's at a place where he has a chance. So, we'll see what happens. That's kind of it. If he can help this team, that's great. We've never ever said this changes anything for us. He's one of the terrific young players on this team and we're hoping that he can do his part and fit in. We won't change anything to do that, but it will be great for him. We'll benefit from it too, if it works out. We'll find out."

Has been a matter of him figuring out how to deal with the soreness?) "It's way more complicated than that. He had major surgery on his hip. Lot of people are walking around for years getting back from that. He's trying to do it in months. He's not just trying to get back to being a normal human being walking down the street. He goes a million miles an hour. Throws his body everywhere. He has to be perfectly fit to do that. He's learned as he's gone along to try and figure this thing out. It's taken some time. It's a very delicate situation. I couldn't be more pleased about how he's gone about it. Working his way through it. Right now, I didn't mention day-to-day or week-to-week. He's going to practice Thursday and we'll see what happens from there."

Do you have concern about working someone back in at this point of the year?) "I'm not worried about that at all. I think we'll do that really well. We're not going to overweigh what this means. Just kind of bringing one of our guys back on the roster and see what happens. He knows what we're doing, he knows our system, there's no question of that. There's still a lot to be said for not having practiced for a long time. We'll take that all into account.

Anything beyond his injury, contractual or personal that influenced the process of him getting back?) "No. This is a young man that's got a bright, long future. We want to make sure we take care of him. It has nothing to do with his contract"

Was there a point where you guys said let's wait for the playoffs?) "We never said that. There was a time I thought maybe he didn't have a chance to take a turn that he needed within the last month or so. He needed a couple weeks. Now, we have a couple weeks. We'll see what happens. There's no gameplan here. There's nothing behind it. We got a young guy trying to get back on the team trying to help us to win. There's no strategy to this or anything like that. We're just hoping for him, if he can contribute, that will be great. He showed when he jumped out in Minnesota, he looked like he could do something. That was pretty exciting, if you think back."

"We're going to take this very smoothly. It would be wrong to change things because of one unusual player. We're just going to add him in to see where he fits in. Put the ball in his hands, things are going to happen. He's 1-for-1 on kick returns as a Seahawks. He went 50 in a heartbeat. If he gets a chance to play and get through it and shows he's ready and all that, he could do something in the next game."

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One clarification: The Seahawks will practice Thursday and Friday this week. They are off Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

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