Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks throws the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Georgia Dome on January 13, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - WR Percy Harvin is set to undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a torn labrum in his hip.
Head coach Pete Carroll was not made available to the local media to give an update on the status of Harvin. However, in an interview with Willie McGinest of the NFL Network, Carroll did provide some new information about Harvin's status.
"Now that we've taken in all of the information, Percy does have a chance to get back," Carroll said. "We'll find that out after the procedure. We'll know what took place and then they'll kind of make a guess at how long that will take him. We've got to get him right, got to fix him up and take care of him. We've made a big commitment to Percy. We want to make sure he's 100-percent and ready to go. So we look forward to a fast recovery and getting back out here as soon as possible."
Harvin was the Seahawks marquee acquisition of the offseason. They gave up three draft picks to acquire Harvin from Minnesota and gave him a big contract extension. However, Carroll said his loss for the majority, if not all, of the season doesn't change what the team can do offensively.
"It really doesn't. We had said from the start we just want to put him in the lineup and be one of the guys out there playing and add in. We really haven't changed anything," Carroll said. "He's a fantastic football player. We were just going to add him into the mix. We'll miss him on kickoff return. He's one of the best ever so that's an issue for us to fill. But other than that, we're real happy with our guys. We're excited about them. They've been working hard and when Percy comes back we'll just be that much stronger."
Harvin remains in New York to have surgery tomorrow. WR Sidney Rice is still absent from camp after getting a procedure done on his knee in Switzerland.
Despite the issues to Harvin and Rice, WR Doug Baldwin says he isn't worried about the Seahawks lacking depth at the receiver position.
"Not at all," Baldwin said. "We have guys like Jermaine Kearse who are more than capable of doing things on Sundays that we’re not worried about.
"I hate to say it, but Sidney had been dealing with injuries during my rookie season, and we were able to continue to go forward without him. And then Percy wasn’t here last year, so we still have depth and we still have guys on this team that haven’t even had a chance to play football yet on Sundays, and who are more than capable of filling in if we need them too."
A total of 18 players missed practice for the Seahawks on Wednesday.
Seven players remained on the PUP and NFI lists for Seattle. WR Percy Harvin (hip), DE Chris Clemons (knee), DT Greg Scruggs (knee), CB Tharold Simon (foot), TE Zach Miller (foot) and RB Robert Turbin (foot) remain on the physically unable to perform list. LB Korey Toomer (knee) remains on the non-football injury list.
DE Cliff Avril, T Michael Bowie and CB Ron Parker remained sidelined with hamstring strains. WR Sidney Rice was still absent as he returns from Switzerland.
DE Kenneth Boatright had his left arm in a sling. CB Jeremy Lane had his left foot in a walking boot.
Miller, in addition to his foot injury, had a wrap on his left knee when he walked onto the practice field.
In addition, LB Kyle Knox, TE Michael Palmer, TE Darren Fells, DT Michael Brooks and LB Bobby Wagner with undisclosed issues.
TE Luke Willson was getting attended to by the trainers after taking a shot from S Winston Guy late in practice. WR Stephen Williams also appeared to sit out the final team period.
With LB Bobby Wagner out, LB Allen Bradford was working at middle linebacker with the first-team defense.
CB Byron Maxwell had a strong day as he dislodged a pass from QB Brady Quinn to WR Golden Tate. He came back shortly after and knocked away a pass from TE Sean McGrath. It follows up an interception of QB Russell Wilson in Tuesday's practice.
Wednesday was perhaps the strongest day of practice so far from Wilson. He threw a nearly perfect ball up the right sideline to Tate over the outstretched arms of CB Brandon Browner for a touchdown in team drills. Wilson followed with a strike to WR Chris Harper up the right sideline as well.
Perhaps his most impressive throw came on an improvised play shortly thereafter. Wilson broke out of the pocket to his left and motioned for McGrath to go deep toward the endzone. Wilson threw a strike of approximately 65 yards on the money to McGrath in the endzone, but S Earl Thomas raked the ball out of McGrath's hands at the last moment.