By Danny O’Neil
RENTON – Percy Harvin returned to practice for the Seahawks.
“Limited involvement,” coach Pete Carroll said after Tuesday’s workout. “But he got out there running around. He looks quick and ready to take the next step, which is when we come back on Thursday.”
With Seattle playing on Monday night at St. Louis, the players’ regular day off is pushed back to Wednesday. The first injury report of the week will be filed on Thursday, but Carroll offered no estimate on whether Harvin will be ready to play this week.
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“We’re going to go one day at a time,” Carroll said. “This will be one of those things, I’ll probably say the same thing every time you ask me. So you can keep asking if you want.”
There’s no doubt about that. The NFL Network had a reporter present for Tuesday’s practice as well as multiple local television stations.
The top question: How’s the hip, Percy?
“It’s feeling great right now,” Harvin said. “I haven’t had any setbacks. I’m running pretty good, cutting pretty good.”
Harvin was acquired from Minnesota in the offseason in a trade, the Seahawks giving up three draft picks – including the 2013 first-round choice – to acquire Harvin. Seattle then signed Harvin to a contract extension.
His hip injury first sidelined him during the offseason workouts, and it was still bothering him when training camp started, at which point he got a second opinion on the injury. The recommendation was surgery to repair a damaged labrum.
Harvin missed the final seven games last season because of a high ankle sprain he suffered against the Seahawks on Nov. 4. That means he hasn’t appeared in a football game in nearly a full year.
“It has been tough, man,” Harvin said. “I’ve got a lot of things built up in me that I’m just ready to unleash on the field. I’m going to take my time with it, but when I’m ready to explode, I will.”
Carroll was asked what he needs to see to know Harvin is ready to play in a game.
“He’s got to get through normal days of practice,” Carroll said. “The thought that we’ve been going with all along is to take the conservative approach and make sure our guys are healthy, so we’re going to continue to do that. We’ve waited that long to get him here, to this point. We’ll just take our time and see how it goes. The workload will progress – increase – as we go through the week and next week and all that. We’ll just see what happens.”
• There’s still not timetable for the return of RT Breno Giacomini, who has missed the past four games. Carroll said Giacomini will need to practice for a couple of weeks before he’s ready to return, and provided no timeline for when Giacomini would be back on the field.
• FB Derrick Coleman suffered a hamstring injury Thursday against Arizona, which precipitated the re-signing of Michael Robinson. “He’s got a hamstring that we don’t know how long it’s going to take,” Carroll said. “It could be anywhere from four to six weeks, although he’s thinking he’s going to get back way sooner than that.”