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Percy Harvin looks primed to explode for Seahawks - Aug. 20, 2014

 

Wide receiver Percy Harvin #11 of the Seattle Seahawks tries to avoid the tackle of strong safety Duke Ihenacho #33 of the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

by Curtis Crabtree
KJR reporter
Twitter: @Curtis_Crabtree

RENTON - Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin says he's as healthy as he's been since before his playing days at the University of Florida.

That's a frightening proposition for the rest of the NFL.

Head coach Pete Carroll had wanted to limit Harvin during the preseason with the intention of giving their star receiver occasional days off to keep him fresh.

Instead, Harvin has pushed for more practice time. He feels like himself again after missing large portions of the last two seasons to ankle and hip injuries. It was important to Harvin that he continue to take the field every day to build a rhythm.

"We had to go back and forth on it a couple times because those guys really wanted me to get my rest and make sure the hip was going. The first two or three days I felt that I was in a rhythm and I told them I wanted to stay in rhythm and start putting my practices back to back," Harvin said.

"I was recovering with no problem and as I kept going, the legs just kept getting fresher and fresher. Right now I’m feeling very very good at where I’m at right now and I’m looking forward to the season."

Harvin was extremely limited last season after having hip surgery in August. He appeared in just one regular season game and three games overall because of the injury.

The injury kept him from practicing and made developing chemistry with quarterback Russell Wilson on the field a difficult proposition. Harvin said that chemistry finally started to click into place earlier this offseason.

With his hip feeling ready to go, Harvin wanted to keep practicing in training camp to further develop that relationship.

"Towards the end of the OTA’s and coming into camp," Harvin said the chemistry developed. "I told coach [Carroll] I felt that I was getting into so much of a rhythm, that I didn’t want to take days off and try to get back into the mix. I just want to stay in the mix and things are coming to me real fast right now and I’m pick it up and I’m picking up the feel real good."

A healthy and happy Harvin should made opposing defenses shake in their cleats. There may not be a more dynamic offensive weapon in the league when everything is right for Harvin.

Harvin led Seattle with four catches for 31 yards against the San Diego Chargers last week.

Korey Toomer eager to play this week:

Linebacker Korey Toomer returned to practice this week after missing the start of training camp due to an injured hamstring.

Toomer was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp after suffering the injury earlier this offseason.

"When I come out here to practice, I practice hard," Toomer said. "I put my 100 percent into everything I try to do and it just popped on me. It happens to the best of us."

Toomer hasn't played in a game for Seattle in nearly two full years. He missed all of last season while on the non-football injury list with a knee injury. His last game action was in the 2012 preseason as a rookie.

Despite just a few days of practice, Toomer is eager to get on the field and show his ability this week.

"I'm definitely playing Friday," Toomer said. "You'll definitely see 5-9 out there on Friday."

The hamstring injury makes this an incredibly important two weeks for Toomer. He has little time to prove he is worth a roster spot as injuries have sidelined him each of the last two years.

Since Toomer hasn't been on the field much the last couple season, I asked him to describe who Korey Toomer actually is.

"He's a kid that's fought through a lot," Toomer said. "He's overcome a lot of issues and he's ready to go out there and grind and show the world."

Toomer said he feels like he didn't miss a beat when returning to practice this week. He believes his speed is still there and he just needs to improve his strength a little bit more to be back he needs to be.

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