RENTON — While Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin is back to practice, it remains unclear if he will play Monday night against the St. Louis Rams.
Before Thursday’s practice, coach Pete Carroll said “nothing is realistic right now but getting to the next day. We’ll just go one day at a time and we’ll keep saying it, because that’s really the truth.”
He later said it’s likely the team won’t know for sure until Monday if Harvin will play. While Harvin has returned to practice, he remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list and will have to be placed on the 53-man active roster before playing in a game.
What also remains unclear is exactly what role Harvin will have once he returns.
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Harvin said Tuesday he envisions being used similarly to how he was at Minnesota in 2009, when the offensive coordinator there was Darrell Bevell, who has been Seattle’s OC since 2011.
Bevell, though, said it could take a little while for Harvin’s true role to take shape.
“I’m not sure what his role is going to be yet,” Bevell said after Thursday’s practice. “I know what we would like him to do and what he brings. He brings explosiveness, he brings quickness, he brings toughness. I mean, he runs the ball outstanding. He’s going to be huge for us in the kicking game. So you want to have the ball in his hands.
“So that’s about all I can say to it until we find out how he is going to be out there, what we can do with him, all the different places we can put him, how much retention (of the playbook) he is going to have. All that is just going to continue to build on itself once we know he is going (to play), how much he can go — that kind of thing.”
Tate participates fully in practice
Receiver Golden Tate, limited early in the week with a shoulder injury, was back to full participation on Thursday.
Tate said he suffered the injury in the 34-22 win over Arizona when he fell on the shoulder awkwardly. Tate also suffered an ankle injury against Arizona
But he said before practice he didn’t think he would miss any time, saying “nothing’s going to hold me back.”
Giacomini ‘making a good turn’
Right tackle Breno Giacomini, out since the Jacksonville game with a knee injury, remains sidelined.
But Carroll said that Giacomini, who had arthroscopic surgery Sept. 30, is beginning to make some progress.
“It’s taking him a while to get going,” Carroll said. “He had some fluid in his knee after the surgery that they had to get out of there. Once they got it out of there he had a week or so to get away from that, and he’s really made a good turn.
“That doesn’t tell us that he’s going to be back next week. We don’t know that yet because we have to keep making progress. But he’s finally turning the corner. We’ll hope as soon as possible — we’ll love to get him back out there.”
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