By now unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you’ve heard the news that Percy Harvin has opted to have surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his hip, as he announced on Twitter earlier today.
The Seahawks later confirmed this report, and the surgery is expected to take place on Thursday.
Dr. Bryan Kelly, who recommended surgery after examining Harvin today, will perform the surgery.No official timetable has been given for Harvin’s return for action. But a typical recovery time for this type of injury is 16 weeks, and it’s expected that Harvin will return in time to contribute during the second half of the season.
Specifically, even though Harvin’s decision to have surgery affects Seattle’s depth at the receiver, the team does have a few things working in their favor.
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For one, the new PUP list rules give the Seahawks more flexibility, as the team has until Week 15 to activate Harvin.
The Seahawks also do not have their bye week until Week 12, and have five games in December, so there’s a chance that Harvin will be back for Seattle’s playoff push at the end of the year.
Expect Jermaine Kearse, Chris Harper and Stephen Williams to benefit from Harvin’s injury, with a chance to earn playing time or a roster spot.
Harvin ultimately made the decision to have surgery and get the situation taken care of, after talking with team doctors and Kelly. Even though team doctors recommended Harvin rehabbing and playing with the injury instead of surgery, the organization fully supports his decision.
Also, Harvin received a clean bill of health when Seattle performed a physical before the trade with Minnesota. The first signs of Harvin’s hip issue did not crop up until Seattle’s OTA practice on June 3, when Pete Carroll said he missed practice because of a hip flexor issue.
Harvin did not practice the following week during the teams mandatory minicamp because of the issue, and reported having soreness in the hip when he returned for the beginning of training camp, which prompted team doctors to look at the issue further.