Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings is tackled by Earl Thomas #29 of the Seattle Seahawks during play at CenturyLink Field on November 4, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin says he needs surgery to repair his injured hip after a second opinion in New York on Tuesday.
Harvin posted the news on his Twitter account Tuesday evening.
"when everything is goin good sometimes life throw u a curve ball... sorry to half to report that my injury will require surgery...
"Nobody was more anxious and excited about season then....but I will be back strong as ever..i appreciate all the love and prayers 12th man"
Harvin did not indicate any timetable that would be required or if he will be able to play this season. Head coach Pete Carroll indicated there were a wide range of possibilities for Harvin if surgery became a necessity following the second opinion by Dr. Bryan Kelly Tuesday.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the estimated time for recovery from the surgery will be 3-4 months.
Harvin remains on the team's physically unable to perform list. He will miss the first six games at least if he remains on the PUP list to start the regular season. Changes to the PUP rules would allow Harvin to make his debut as late as Week 15 this season.
Here's the exact language from the league's handbook on the new PUP rules...
Beginning on the day after the conclusion of the sixth regular season weekend and continuing through the day after the conclusion of the 11th regular season weekend, clubs are permitted to begin practicing players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform for a period not to exceed 21 days. Players may be activated during the 21-day practice period or prior to 4:00 p.m. New York time, on the day after the conclusion of the 21-day period.
The Seahawks confirmed that Harvin will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair the damage to his injured hip.