Talking with reporters after this morning’s training camp practice, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed an earlier report that receiver Percy Harvin will travel to New York to get a second opinion on his injured hip with Dr. Bryan Kelly.
Harvin, Seattle’s top offseason acquisition, was placed on the PUP list to begin training camp, and watched practice from the sidelines for a third straight day.
Carroll did not rule out the possibility that Harvin could return and play this season if his injured hip requires surgery to fix.
“It wouldn’t necessarily be season ending,” Carroll said. “That’s one of the scenarios it could be, but the likelihood of getting back just depends on what they have to do. ... That’s a possibility, but we’re hoping that’s not the probability. We’re thinking it’s going to be better than that.”
Carroll said the team is looking for clarity for how to move forward with Harvin’s injury by the player seeking a second opinion.
“There’s a whole array of situations that could occur,” Carroll said. “We have to wait and see. It’s everything that he might be able to come right back here in a couple weeks and be ready to go. There may be some procedure that needs to take place, and there’s a number of different ways that could happen. And the lengths of the recovery depends on what has to take place.
“So it’s uncertain right now. But for sure we’re going to take our time, and be very patient. And make sure that the docs get a good look at it.”
Carroll said that Harvin wants to practice, but the team needs to make sure he’s fully healthy before taking the field.
“He’s really frustrated because he wants to play so bad,” Carroll said. “It’s killing him not to be out there. But we just have to be really smart about it. And because it’s so early, we have a lot of time, and we’re going to utilize it.”
Carroll had this to say when asked how concerned he is that Harvin will not be available to the team for the 2013 season: “I don’t even know. I don’t know that. And we’ll just wait and see. We know that there’s been guys with a similar injury that have played. And there’s been guys with a similar injury that don’t – that take some time, or take some procedures and stuff. So we just have to wait it out, and find out. And we’re just going to be as diligent about that as possible.”
Specifically, Carroll also said that safety Kam Chancellor played with a similar hip issue last season.
“Kam Chancellor made it through and he’s okay,” Carroll said. “So we know that there’s a chance that it could be all right. So we just have to keep our fingers crossed. We’re pretty optimistically minded around here. And we’ll try to take as much time as we need to make a really good decision to take care of him in the best way possible.”
Carroll said that when Harvin reported to training camp he some soreness in his hip, which prompted team doctors to take a closer look, which led to the team taking a closer look at the injury.