For a supposed off-day yesterday, the Seahawks were pretty busy.
Fullback Michael Robinson was in for his physical. His friend Chris Clemons tweeted a "welcome back" to Robinson, making it sound like the Seahawks have signed him.
In addition, the Seahawks announced that wide receiver Percy Harvin has returned to practice for the first time since being placed on the PUP list after Aug. 1 hip surgery.
Head coach Pete Carroll said last week he thought right tackle Breno Giacomini had "turned a corner" after having knee surgery Sept. 30. The Seahawks are also now less than a month from the first possible return date for Pro-Bowl left tackle Russell Okung (toe), who would be eligible to return from the short-term IR Nov. 17 against Minnesota.
Meanwhile, other teams are dealing with serious injury issues. St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford is out for the year. Indianapolis wide receiver Reggie Wayne is out for the year. Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler is out at least four weeks with a groin tear and linebacker Lance Briggs is out at least six weeks because of a shoulder fracture.
All of this and the Seahawks have just two games left against teams that are above .500 (New Orleans and San Francisco).
Our John McGrath totaled a lot of this up in today's column, where he also says there should be no rush with Harvin considering the opponents coming up.
Caution is advised with Harvin. He’s capable of creating electricity every time he touches the ball, but also capable of creating suspense every time he’s tackled: Will he bounce back up? Or will he hobble to the sideline? Harvin sat out the last half of 2012 with an ankle injury, the first half of 2013 with a hip injury.
An Iron Man, he ain’t.
Still, there’s a reason the Seahawks guaranteed Harvin about $25.5 million – and surrendered a first-round draft choice – to acquire him in a trade with the Vikings. On those occasions, the huddle breaks with Russell Wilson at quarterback, Marshawn Lynch at running back and Sidney Rice and Golden Tate lined up wide, Harvin’s place in the slot gives the defense a fifth dimension to consider.
In a programming note, let's chat today at 12:30. The schedule is a little different this week because of the Monday night game, so we have open lockerroom late morning Tuesday. I would expect to see Harvin and Robinson standing in there with broad smiles.
> ESPN looks at the schedule getting better for the Seahawks. They play their final road game against the Giants in New Jersey on Dec. 15. If they clinch homefield throughout the playoffs, their next road game, if there is one, would also be in New York, Feb. 2, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. That's the Super Bowl, just more than 100 days away.
> If you haven't visited NFL Savant yet, there are some interesting Seahawks stats there. For instance, the majority of their passes short and to the right side.
> Peter King and the MMQB crew start a series that looks at head trauma in football, from high schools to the NFL. Richard Sherman will be writing on this this week for the site.
> This, from a man you may remember, was pretty close to how I felt about the Monday night game.
The NFL has a bit of a dilemma on its hands. The play on Thursday nights is little better. That can be attributed to the short week, though, that doesn't change the fact play on Thursday nights isn't very good. Last night was atrocious. There was discussion afterward about how reductions of practice from the reworked CBA in 2011 have influenced the overall play this season. To see Steve Young, Trent Dilfer and Ray Lewis all agree right after the game that something is wrong was eye-opening.
> The daily Hawkville report from Seahawks.com. Clare Farnsworth said Russell Wilson and Harvin worked out together Monday.