Seahawks WR Percy Harvin Thursday had successful surgery in New York for the torn labrum in his hip. Coach Pete Carroll said after practice at the VMAC in Renton there is no timetable for his return but remains hopeful that Harvin could return sometime late in the regular season.
“We will get him back here in due time,” Carroll said. “But we don’t have any dates or timelines or any of that kind of stuff. But we are going to be very optimistic and hope he gets back as soon as possible and be glad that we can get him fixed up, and he’ll be ready to go.”
Harvin will spend the next couple of weeks in New York before he returns to Seattle to continue his rehabilitation program. Harvin in March signed a five-year contract extension with Seattle that included nearly $26 million guaranteed.
Harvin first indicated he was sore during Seahawks OTAs in May before coming to the first day of training camp and again complaining of problems with his hip. Seahawks team doctors examined him, then Harvin went to New York on Tuesday to seek a second opinion from Dr. Bryan Kelly, a hip specialist that has worked on pro athletes Tim Thomas, Chase Utley and Osi Umenyiora. The injury’s recovery time typically ranges from three to four months.
Tom Pelissero of USA Today wrote Wednesday that the Seahawks knew when they surrendered three draft picks in exchange for Harvin that his hip carried a 40 percent chance of suffering an injury. An NFL.com story said in a best-case scenario Harvin could return for a Week 13 home game against the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 2.