Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll responded to a report by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network that receiver Percy Havin is seeking an second opinion on a hip issue early next week, and that the possibility of surgery has not been ruled out.
Harvin was one of six Seattle players placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list to begin training camp, joining tight end Zach Miller (foot), defensive end Chris Clemons (knee), defensive lineman Greg Scruggs (knee), Robert Turbin (foot) and cornerback Tharold Simon (foot).
Linebacker Korey Toomer (knee) was placed on the non-football injury list.
“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 ar the right procedures to take care of him, and get him back on the field.”
Carroll confirmed an earlier report by the league website that Harvin’s injury could be a possible labrum tear in the receiver’s hip, and did not rule out the possibility that the team’s main offseason addition might require surgery that could put him on the shelf for a significant period of time.
“It may be; we’ll find out,” Carroll said, when asked about the possibility of surgery. “We’re going to go ahead and do it step by step right now. I know he was working full speed just a few days ago, but we need to take care of him. So we’re going to take every precaution to do that.”
Asked about his level of concern regarding Harvin’s injury, Carroll had this to say: “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.”
The Seahawks made a big offseason trade to secure Harvin’s services from Minnesota, giving up a 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, including $25.5 million in guaranteed money.
Harvin missed the final seven games of 2012 with a high-ankle sprain suffered against Seattle last year, but never showed up on the injury report last year in Minnesota with a hip issue