Updated Dec 4, 2013 - 10:29 pm
Seahawks notebook: Percy Harvin held out of practice
By Danny O'Neil
RENTON – Receiver Percy Harvin took a step toward returning to the field for the Seahawks.
A few of them, in fact, as Harvin was running at practice Wednesday. He was not, however, practicing at practice as he was still being held out after sitting out last week with a sore hip.
Coach Pete Carroll was asked how close he is to getting Harvin back at practice.
"We're almost there," Carroll said Wednesday. "He'll run endline stuff today and see where he is tomorrow."
Wait and see. That's going to be the protocol for Harvin as he returns from hip surgery because while he hasn't aggravated or reinjured the hip injury, he is experiencing soreness every time he elevates his workload, whether it was returning to practice at the end of October or making his Seahawks debut against Minnesota on Nov. 17.
Is this going to be the way it is for the rest of this season?
"I don't know that," Carroll said. "Maybe it will, maybe it won't. We've just got to see how it goes."
One thing is clear, though. Seattle is not holding out Harvin with the intent of waiting until the playoffs. Once Harvin feels ready to play, he will.
"Just trying to get him right," Carroll said. "He wants to play right now, and we want him to play as soon as he's capable."
Browner on the brink of returning
Brandon Browner could be ready to play for the Seahawks soon, returning to practice for the first time Wednesday.
Whether he will come back depends on whether the league imposes a suspension on Seattle's cornerback. And while Carroll indicated he expects a decision in that regard soon, he also made it clear that he's waiting like everyone else and has no insight.
As for Browner's groin injury, he has come back muck quicker than anyone expected after suffering the injury on Nov. 10 at Atlanta.
"We thought he was out a solid six weeks when it happened," Carroll said, "and he has just responded tremendously."
When Browner is able to play – and where he will figure on the depth chart – depends on how he feels after increasing the physical workload.
"We'll do this one day at a time," Carroll said. "We'll see where it fits. I can't go any farther than one day at a time because I don't know any more than you guys know."
• WR Golden Tate (hip) and DE Bruce Irvin (thigh) did not practice Wednesday, but both should be ready to play Sunday in San Francisco, according to Carroll.
• 49ers LT Joe Staley (knee) and LG Mike Iupati (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Staley suffered a knee injury in Sunday's game while Iupati has been out since Nov. 17.
• TE Vance McDonald (ankle) and DL Justin Smith (shoulder) also did not practice.
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