GLENDALE, Ariz. – The next significant step in Percy Harvin’s road to making his long-awaited Seahawks debut apparently will come Tuesday, when he is expected to practice with the team for the first time since having hip surgery Aug. 1.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after Thursday night’s 34-22 win over the Arizona Cardinals that the next few days would be big for Harvin to show he is ready to take the field.
“He took off today (Thursday) but he’s working out the rest of the week and if he makes it through these days then he has a chance to practice on Tuesday,” Carroll said.
The team will take the weekend and Monday off after playing at Arizona Thursday and then not having another game until Oct. 28 at St. Louis.
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Harvin was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list after his injury was diagnosed, meaning he was not eligible to begin practicing until after the sixth week of the season.
He can practice with the team for three weeks before having to be put on the active 53-man roster, at which time the Seahawks would have to release another player to open a roster spot. If he is not activated following the three-week practice window he would have to remain on the PUP list for the rest of the season.
After playing at St. Louis, Seattle hosts Tampa Bay on Nov. 3 and plays at Atlanta on Nov. 10.
Carroll, asked about the possible impact of Harvin, said: “I don’t know. … Our expectation from the start was fit him in and help this team in any way that he can, which is exactly what he wants to do and we will grow with him, also. And it all won’t come out the first time he is on the field.”
Seattle lost two players to hamstring injuries in the first half — fullback Derrick Coleman and backup strong safety Jeron Johnson — but got better news on injuries that briefly sidelined receiver Golden Tate and left guard James Carpenter.
Johnson was injured in the first quarter in what was his third game back since returning from a hamstring injury he suffered in the season opener at Carolina. Carroll said after the game it was a re-injury.
Coleman was injured while making an 8-yard catch in the second quarter.
Carroll said it was too soon to know the severity of each injury.
Coleman’s departure left Seattle with no players on its roster listed as fullbacks as rookie Spencer Ware has been out with a high ankle sprain since the week two win over the 49ers.
Tate was sidelined briefly with what Carroll said was a toe injury and a shoulder issue, but he returned to the game.
Carpenter, meanwhile, was carted off the field in the second half after being hit in the shin. Carroll said it was obviously good news that he was able to make it back but that “we don’t really know what that’s going to be like in a couple of days.’’
Defensive end Chris Clemons, who suffered a hyperextended elbow Sunday against Tennessee and was listed as questionable, was active for the game.
Clemons didn’t start, with Cliff Avril taking his place. But early on he played extensively on third downs and came up with a big play when he sacked Carson Palmer in the second quarter to force an Arizona punt.
Among the inactives was defensive tackle Jordan Hill, who played the past two games. Hill apparently is not hurt, with the team instead simply needing depth in other areas.
Also inactive were middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, who missed his second straight game with a high ankle sprain, Ware and OT Breno Giacomini (knee). Other healthy inactives were DE Benson Mayowa, OT Caylin Hauptmann and QB B.J. Daniels.
Miller’s happy homecoming
Tight end Zach Miller returned to the lineup after missing two games with a hamstring injury, and he didn’t need long to make an impact, catching a 15-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. It was the third touchdown of the season for Miller, who is from Phoenix and played at Arizona State. He finished with a team-high five receptions for 40 yards.
• The 49ers on Thursday waived rookie receiver Chris Harper, who was Seattle’s fourth-round choice in the 2013 NFL draft. The Seahawks released Harper in the cutdown to 53 players but had hoped to re-sign him to their practice squad. Instead, the 49ers signed Harper to their active 53-man roster.