RENTON – Percy Harvin said he’s ready to finally play for the Seahawks.
And while coach Pete Carroll tried to hedge, saying Harvin remains “day to day,’’ all signs Friday pointed to Harvin making his Seattle debut Sunday against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings.
Those indicators included the team listing Harvin as probable on its injury report after the receiver was a full participant in practice, appearing to have just about fully recovered from hip surgery Aug. 1.
“I definitely think I’m ready to play,’’ Harvin said. “I’ve still got a lot of work to do, but I think I am ready to start playing.’’
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Carroll said the team still wants to see how Harvin’s body responds to having practiced the past three days before making a final call.
Harvin returned to practice three weeks ago, at the time hoping to play as soon as the Oct. 28 game at St. Louis. But he was unable to complete one practice.
“There was some fluid built up that caused some stiffness just running and things were just a little sore,’’ he said. “I didn’t really have a lot of concern. The doctor, we took (an) MRI, the bone structure where he did the surgery was perfectly fine, everything structurally was fine, just had some fluid built up and we had to stop and kind of let that heal up and take the fluid out.’’
That led to a couple more weeks of Harvin doing conditioning work before returning to practice this week.
“I was able to go out there and I was explosive. I was able to run all my routes,’’ he said. “So it all worked out good.’’
Eventually, the Seahawks envision Harvin as an every-down playmaker capable of lining up at receiver and running back, as well as returning kickoffs.
Sunday, his role might be limited as he gets back into game shape and integrates himself into the offense.
“It’s only understandable that he might be a little rusty,’’ Carroll said. “He hasn’t played a lot of football right now, so we won’t load him up with too much. Hopefully he can contribute and help us win.’’
Carroll, though, said Harvin has been bugging him about returning kickoffs, which Carroll took as another sign of Harvin’s eagerness to return to the field.
“I won’t say what I can and can’t do,’’ said the 5-foot-11, 184-pound Harvin. “I would just say it would be crazy for me to think I can go out there and play the amount of plays I was able to play before and do all the things I was. I’m able to do some of the things. But it’s still all day to day, and we’ll see.’’
Harvin hasn’t played since Nov. 4, 2012, when he was with the Vikings and Minnesota lost at CenturyLink Field to the Seahawks, 30-20. Harvin suffered an ankle injury in that game that ended his season. He was traded in March to Seattle for three draft picks, including a 2013 first-rounder, and signed to a six-year contract that could be worth as much as $67 million and includes $25 million guaranteed.
The Vikings were reluctant to invest that much in Harvin, reportedly in part due to concerns over some of his injuries, though he played all but 10 games in four seasons.
Harvin, though, said the opponent Sunday doesn’t matter.
“It’s good to play those guys and be able to see those guys,’’ Harvin said. “ … But this is solely about the Seattle Seahawks and me being able to be out there and play again and get ready for this playoff run. It has nothing to do with the Vikings.’’
• Cornerback Brandon Browner (groin) is the only Seahawk listed as out for the game. Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel was listed as questionable with a hamstring injury suffered against Atlanta.
• Seattle listed 14 players as probable, including Harvin, and all seem good bets to play. That includes right tackle Breno Giacomini, out since Sept. 22 with a knee injury, and center Max Unger, out last week with a concussion.
• Left tackle Russell Okung practiced all week and also appears on track to play. He is almost certain to be activated to the 53-man roster Saturday and play Sunday for the first time since a toe injury against the 49ers on Sept. 15.
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