RENTON — Seattle safety Earl Thomas is ready to get a different view of Percy Harvin.
“I do so much with him in Madden (a football video game),’’ Thomas said with a smile Wednesday. “I’m just excited to see what he can do out here (on the field).”
Harvin took yet another step in making that happen Wednesday as as he returned to practice for the first time in three weeks. Seattle listed Harvin as a limited participant in practice in its official participation report.
This time, the hope is Harvin is back for good and that a solid week of practices will lead to him being able to make his long-awaited Seahawks debut Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
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Three weeks ago, Harvin practiced but then, after he felt soreness, the team decided to slow down his return, and had tests done to make sure there was no undetected additional injury — nothing new was found.
Now, with three more weeks of rehab and conditioning work on the hip on which he had surgery Aug. 1, Harvin is practicing with the goal of playing Sunday against Minnesota.
Harvin was not made available to the media Wednesday.
Thomas, though, said there is no doubt that Harvin would love to make his Seattle debut against the Vikings, the team he played with for four seasons before being traded to Seattle.
“I know he has a chip on his shoulder playing against the Vikings,” Thomas said. “I just want to see him go out there and just let the game come to him and ball out like he knows. I’m very excited to watch him play.”
Seattle coach Pete Carroll, though, said that, while Harvin “feels 100 percent,” the team will wait to make an official decision on whether he can play until it’s proven that he can handle the stress of a week of practice.
“He feels like he’s ready to go,’’ Carroll said. “… he’s got to make it through practices.”
The Seahawks traded their 2013 first-round pick as well as a 2013 seventh-rounder and a 2014 third-rounder to get Harvin, a multi-talented player who caught 62 passes for the Vikings last season in just nine games, while also rushing for 96 and averaging 35.9 yards per kick return.
Seattle coaches, however, say it’s likely Harvin would be eased into the game plan if he plays Sunday, which would be his first game since last Nov. 4 — against the Seahawks when he was with the Vikings.
Sherman sits it out
Cornerback Richard Sherman sat out practice Wednesday with what the team said was a hip injury in its official participation report. Carroll did not mention the injury when he met with the media before practice, so there were no additional details available.
Three of the four members of Seattle’s Legion of Boom secondary are dealing with injuries at the moment — cornerback Brandon Browner is out with a groin injury while safety Kam Chancellor was listed as limited due to a hip injury. Carroll said again Wednesday that Browner’s injury is serious but he said they needed to wait until later in the week to say how long he will be out.
• Left tackle Russell Okung, who remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list, participated in practice and afterward said he was “happy to have my job back.” He is expected to be activated in time to play against the Vikings, his first action since Week 2 against the 49ers when he hurt his toe.
• Right tackle Breno Giacomini, out since Sept. 22 with a knee injury, was a full participant in practice, while center Max Unger was limited after missing last week’s game with a concussion.