Seahawks notebook: Percy Harvin sits out again

Dec 11, 2013, 4:46 PM | Updated: 4:52 pm

By Danny O’Neil

RENTON – Percy Harvin’s status hasn’t changed on Seattle’s official injury report over the past three weeks as he once again sat out practice Wednesday.

That’s not exactly news as Harvin has yet to practice with the Seahawks since they returned from their bye in the final week of November. That doesn’t mean Harvin’s condition has remained the same, though, as he continues his recovery from hip surgery.

“It has fluctuated,” coach Pete Carroll said of Harvin’s condition. “It has gone back and forth where he’s gotten close and then it got aggravated a little bit. It just hasn’t quite got over the hump where he’s really clear. He has a whole lot of new movement in that hip that he hasn’t had before and he’s trying to become accustomed to that.”

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Percy Harvin has not practiced since he make his Seahawks debut in Week 11. (AP)

That constitutes the most revealing answer Carroll has provided to Harvin’s status since he returned to the field following the August surgery to repair the damaged labrum in his hip.

Two things are most important from that answer:

1) Just because Harvin’s recovery isn’t progressing smoothly, that doesn’t mean it isn’t progressing. He is getting better. It’s just that each time he appears to be nearing the point where he’s declared good to go back to practice, something changes.

2) The nature of Harvin’s soreness is not a new injury, but the new movement he’s experiencing in his hip after surgery.

Of course, nothing Carroll said provided any insight into when Harvin will be back. His status will be determined week-to-week, Carroll said, and once he does start practicing again it will be day-to-day.

Harvin has not practiced since he made his Seahawks debut on Nov. 17, playing 16 offensive snaps against his former team, the Vikings, and returning one kickoff.

Harvin did not practice Wednesday, instead continuing to rehab. Carroll offered no estimate on whether Harvin would practice at all this week.

“We’ll have to make sure that he’s right,” Carroll said. “So we’re going to take our time.”

Unger front and center

Center Max Unger sat out Wednesday’s practice, but he took part in Seattle’s walk-through, which is a strong sign the Seahawks are hoping he will be able to play Sunday.

Unger suffered a strained pectoral muscle, which forced him out of Sunday’s game at San Francisco after three quarters.

Primary care for the secondary

Jeron Johnson is lost for the season after suffering a hamstring injury on Sunday, and while cornerback Perrish Cox was re-signed to take Johnson’s spot on the 53-man roster, it’s DeShawn Shead who will actually take Johnson’s spot as the backup strong safety to Kam Chancellor.

Cox was with the team earlier this season, signed after Walter Thurmond’s four-game suspension was announced, but was released after one day to make room for Shead.

Notes

• LB K.J. Wright underwent surgery on Wednesday in North Carolina to repair a broken bone in his foot. Carroll had previously indicated Wright would have a screw inserted into the foot and would need four to six weeks to recover.

• Also not practicing Wednesday: CB Richard Sherman (foot), TE Zach Miller (ribs), RB Marshawn Lynch (shoulder), LB Mike Morgan (knee), WR Doug Baldwin (neck), DE Chris Clemons (not injury related).

• CB Brandon Browner did not practice and is not expected to be available this week. In that case, he would miss his fourth consecutive game after suffering a strained groin.

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