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Back again: Percy Harvin returns from concussion

By Danny O’Neil

RENTON – Cue the comeback, part III.

“It feels good to get back out there,” Percy Harvin said.

The Seahawks receiver felt good the middle of November, too, as he was deemed sufficiently recovered from the hip surgery he underwent in August and allowed to play on Nov. 17 against Minnesota, his former team.

Percy Harvin was a full participant in practice Thursday, fully recovered from the concussion he sustained against the Saints in the divisional round of the playoffs. (AP)

And after pronounced soreness in Harvin’s hip forced him to miss the final five regular-season games, Harvin was feeling good enough to return to practice and in fact played against the Saints in the divisional round of the playoffs.

And now that Harvin recovered from the concussion he suffered after a pair of big hits he sustained in the first half of that game, Harvin is back on the field for the third different time this season.

“I don’t think anybody is not feeling good,” Harvin said, “going after the most prized possessions in our profession, the Super Bowl.”

Harvin was a full participant in practice Thursday while defensive tackle Brandon Mebane returned to only a limited extent after sitting out Wednesday’s workout with a sore ankle. Running back Marshawn Lynch (knee) and receiver Doug Baldwin (hip) continued to rest, sitting out Thursday’s workout. Seattle will practice again Friday.

Harvin said his recovery from the concussion suffered against New Orleans was not impacted by his history of migraine headaches, which dated back to his first two years in the league with Minnesota.

“There were no complications,” he said. “We just had to go through the protocol. We had to go through all the steps. We went through them, got me back on the field.”

This certainly isn’t the way Harvin anticipated his first year as a Seahawk going as he suffered an offseason hip injury that didn’t improve with time off. He was not cleared to practice in training camp, undergoing hip surgery on Aug. 1 to repair a damaged labrum.

His recovery from that injury was slowed first in early November and again after he made his regular-season debut on Nov. 17 when he had severe and continued soreness. The concussion against New Orleans was just the latest setback in a year that has been struggle.

“I wouldn’t take anything back that has happened this year,” Harvin said. “It has made me a stronger person. Like you said, it has definitely been frustrating for a lot of people. Not only myself, but my teammates. Doug [Baldwin], some of the guys that play my position. Coming in and out and not knowing if I’m going to be at practice. So it was definitely frustration, but like I said, it’s all over with now.

“We get a chance to play in the Super Bowl, so that’s all in the past.”