By Brady Henderson
An offense that put together its most complete performance of the season Thursday night could be one step closer to getting its most explosive player. It depends on how well wide receiver Percy Harvin fares over the weekend in a series of workouts that will determine his readiness to begin practicing.
Percy Harvin is nearing his return from hip surgery. "He's really determined to get it done," Pete Carroll said. (AP)
"He will have had a week that's just like practicing or harder, so that his next week is really the next step for him. So, [we're] anxious to see if that works out. He's really determined to get it done."
Harvin, who's on the Physically Unable to Perform list after undergoing hip surgery on Aug. 1, was eligible to begin practicing this week. He has a five-week window from Seattle's win over Tennessee to begin practicing, at which point the Seahawks have three weeks to activate him.
The Seahawks don't play until Oct. 28 against the Rams in St. Louis, a Monday night game that will be 11 days after their Thursday night win over Arizona. It will also be less than three months after Harvin's surgery, and while he's healing faster than some might have anticipated, Carroll offered the obligatory reminder that Seattle will err on the side of caution.
"It will be a miraculous return if we can get it done. Like we've been all year, we've tried to be really conservative in our returns and really safe with these guys to make sure they're back for the long haul," Carroll said. "We'll try to make those decisions properly here in the next couple of days."
• The foot injury that forced WR Golden Tate to leave Thursday night's game in the third quarter was a sprain, Carroll said: "We think he'll be alright. He's really tough about stuff and should get back."
• Carroll said the team doesn't know the severity of the ankle injury that briefly sidelined LG James Carpenter before he returned in the fourth quarter: "He felt something that really hurt him in his ankle area but it went away, so we'll see what happens. We don't know for the next couple days. We'll have to wait and see."
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