By Danny O’Neil
RENTON – So far, so good.
That’s the summary of Percy Harvin’s two days of practice this week with an eye toward the receiver being available for the Seahawks’ first playoff game, which will be Jan. 11.
“He did fine,” coach Pete Carroll said of Harvin’s practice. “He really did fine. He participated in everything today with the exception of the 2-minute drill. He looked – and I think he felt – pretty good about it.”
After practicing Thursday for the first time in seven weeks, receiver Percy Harvin (11) was back on the field Friday. “He really did fine,” coach Pete Carroll said. (AP) | More photos
That wasn’t necessarily a surprise to Seattle’s coach, but it was encouraging.
“He stayed right on schedule,” Carroll said. “He was fine about it. Had he had any issues, we would have pulled him out, but it wasn’t necessary.”
Don’t say that Harvin is full speed, though. At least not yet.
“He’s still got a little governor on what he’s doing here,” Carroll said, “which is the right thing to do here. We’ll come back next week and get after it. Just go one day at a time, and I expect he’s going to be able to make some progress. That’s barring a setback, now. But he’s very encouraged and we’re excited for him.”
Because the Seahawks don’t play this week, they’re not required to release an injury report detailing the practice workload. Harvin will not be available for questions until later next week.
As for Harvin’s status for the divisional-round game, Carroll was asked if that decision will wait until the end of next week, too, with the Seahawks playing Saturday.
“I can’t tell you that,” Carroll said. “I don’t know. I don’t know what to say about that other than we’ll just keep working until we have more information. We will not rush to the decision at any time. We’ll just take all the information in and continue to encourage him and be encouraged by his effort.”
So far, so good. Harvin spent two days of practice getting back up to speed, and next week will be a measurement of whether he’s able to get back on the field after playing just 16 offensive snaps during the regular season.
“It has just been a long process,” Carroll said. “And I think the fact we’re near the end now, he’s just going to push. He’s just going to push it through and see if he can do it. We’ll see what happens.”
Willson’s progress encouraging
Things looked bleak for rookie tight end Luke Willson when he left the field on a cart and with his leg wrapped in an air cast last Sunday against St. Louis. He might be back on the field without missing a game, though, as he’s coming back from a high-ankle sprain instead of the broken ankle that was initially feared.
“Luke looks really good,” Carroll said. “He ran today. He was running and weaving and doing some good things. He has had an ankle sprain just like this before. He’s managed it before. He came out the very next day, and said, ‘I’ll play.’ “
Carroll said the team won’t know until Wednesday, maybe even Thursday, if Willson will be available for the playoff game.
Getting Wright right
Linebacker K.J. Wright will be out for Seattle’s first playoff game, but he may be available for the NFC Championship Game if the Seahawks advance that far as he recovers quicker than expected from a broken bone in his foot, which he suffered at San Francisco on Dec. 8.
“That’s unbelievable that he will be able to do that so soon,” Carroll said. “But he’s making such progress that they think that.”
• LT Russell Okung has spent this week rehabbing his injured toe and was held out of practice in an effort to provide some rest.
• WR Jermaine Kearse has also been held out of practice, Carroll said, but will be practicing next week. Kearse was active but did not play in the regular-season finale after suffering an ankle injury the week before.