The Seattle Seahawks’ projected starting receiving duo of Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice both were not in attendance at this mornings practice, the fifth day of training camp.
Harvin, of course, is in New York getting a second opinion on his injured hip today.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said the team has no news report on the status of Harvin’s injury.
“We don’t know any more information yet,” Carroll said. “But we continue to progress with this simple thought that we’re going to do whatever we need to do to help Percy be right, whatever that is. We’ll support the doctor’s findings and all that stuff. They’re working it out now, and we should here more in the next day. But at this point we’re just going to help him get right, and whatever time frame is, we’ll figure that out when we have all the information in.”
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Carroll also provided some clarity on conflicting reports as to what the organization’s thought process on whether or not Harvin in fact needed surgery.
“We haven’t made a conclusive statement about it yet,” Carroll said. “We’re trying to wait it out, and make sure we take all the time that is available, and all of the information. So whatever those reports were, they weren’t correct.”
Ultimately, Carroll indicated that Harvin will make the final decision on whether or not he has surgery.
“Eventually, he has to say, ‘Yeah, I’m getting surgery or not,’” Carroll said. “He has to okay that. But that’s all going to be with the information of the doctors. They’re working it out now, trying to get all the information. There’s a lot of background work that we’re doing here, too. But it will be doctors’ recommendations, and of course the patient always gets the final shot.”
Rice, on the other hand, was a surprise absence from today’s practice. Carroll indicated that the South Carolina product is in Switzerland getting a preventative procedure for a nagging knee issue.
Carroll emphasized that Rice is not having surgery, and that he’s does not have a new injury. Carroll also said Rice should be back by the end of this week, and will not miss any preseason or regular season games because of the procedure.
“He was practicing fine when he was out here,” Carroll said. “But this is a procedure that they’ve been waiting to do, and so he’ll come back. And when he comes back, he’ll go right back on the field. He didn’t get hurt. We’re just trying to help him along.”
In terms of other player injuries, defensive end Cliff Avril missed his third practice with a hamstring issue. And offensive tackle Michael Bowie and cornerback Ron Parker also missed practice with strained hamstrings.
Defensive lineman Michael Bennett’s wife is having a baby, so he was not at practice today.
Defensive lineman Jesse Williams (knee) and linebacker Heath Farwell (back spasms) returned to practice today.