Earlier this week, Mike Florio of NBC Sports ProFootball Talk wrote an article about the Seahawks intentionally delaying the return of wide receiver Percy Harvin (#11) due to the early season success of the Hawks. Harvin underwent hip surgery during pre-season because of a torn labrum in his hip. Florio suggested that head coach Pete Carroll and General Manager John Schneider may want to delay the return of Harvin as late as possible, and then “unleash him, Kraken-style”, as a secret weapon. It does sound cool to unleash the “Kraken”, or in this case the Harvin. However I fully disagree with this tactic, and I believe Schneider and Carroll won’t do it.
For staters, it goes against Carroll’s ethos of “always compete”. Furthermore, it is going to be important for Harvin to get on the field and play as many snaps as possible for offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell to figure out how to implement Harvin into the Hawks offense. Not to mention developing some rapport between Harvin and quarterback Russell Wilson (#3).
Harvin was initially projected to return to the field of play in Week #8 for the Monday Night Football match-up against the St. Louis Rams. Prior to the start of the season, Harvin tweeted that his rehab from the surgery was going well and he was trying to make it back to play in Week #7, which would be a Thursday Night Football game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Carroll and Schneider will put Harvin into play when he is healthy. Who knows when that will be? I would find it highly unlikely that Harvin would play in the Thursday night game against the Cardinals because it would be a short work week for practice.
The logical debut for Harvin would be Week #8 against the Rams. The Week #7 and the Week #8 games are ten days apart. That would allow sufficient time for Carroll and Schneider to evaluate the health of Harvin and if so, implement him into the offense.