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Seahawks notebook: No practice for Percy Harvin

By Brady Henderson

RENTON – Percy Harvin didn't practice Thursday, still not cleared to return after sustaining a concussion last weekend against New Orleans.

That was about the only definitive information Seahawks coach Pete Carroll offered when asked about the receiver's status for Sunday's NFC title game.

Percy Harvin
"He's still going through the process, the protocol as we call it," Carroll said Thursday, just before the Seahawks began practice. "We don't know anything yet."

Is there a deadline for a decision on whether or not he'll be available?

"There's a deadline form the doctors whenever they call it," Carroll said. "They're the ones that really are in charge of this thing at this point, and I don't know when that is. They've got to go through the process."

What were the indications from the doctors who evaluated Harvin Wednesday?

"That they've got next stages to get through," Carroll said. "It's a whole process they go through and no indication to help you understand more because I don't know any more than that."

Harvin sustained the concussion in the second quarter against New Orleans when he hit his head on the turf after trying to make a leaping catch. He was shaken up earlier in the game, taking a hit that forced him to the locker room to be evaluated for a potential concussion.

According to the league's website, the guidelines regarding concussions stipulates that the player can resume physical activity only after he's been evaluated by the team's neuropsychologist and his symptoms disappear. At that point, he can be eased into practice but can't fully participate until he's again been evaluated and shows no concussion symptoms. Once the team doctor signs off on the player's return, an independent expert must clear him as well.

Carroll said Doug Baldwin would likely return kickoffs if Harvin doesn't play.

Wright still progressing

The outlook is a little better for linebacker K.J. Wright, who was listed as a full participant on Thursday's injury report. He was limited Wednesday as he practiced for the first time since breaking a bone in his foot on Dec. 8 against San Francisco.

"He's done fine so far," Carroll said. "Today will be a big day for him. He was limited yesterday. He looked like there was no problems, but we'll have to wait and see."

Malcolm Smith started the last four games in Wright's absence.

"Malcolm's played really well," Carroll said. "We don't feel like we have to have [Wright] back to force the issue. If he can go, he can go. ... If he's ready to play in the football game, we're dressing him up, he's playing."


• DT Jordan Hill was the only other Seahawk who wasn't a full participant Thursday. He was listed as limited.


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