It's looking like Percy Harvin will be a game-time decision Monday, at best, and it's more likely that the Hawks will hold him out against the Saints due to some recurring soreness to his surgically repaired hip. As the Tacoma News-Tribune's Todd Dybas transcribes, here's what Pete Carroll had to say about the Harvin hip situation Saturday:
"I thought from day-to-day we would have a chance to get him back. He's been rehabilitating throughout the week. His hip was sore coming out of the game. We thought he would get back. He's still ... we're going to list him as doubtful right now, he's had a lot of stuff done to help him, we'll go all the way to Monday with this."
"It's more important for us to get him back for the longer haul. I thought with the days off, it would all work together. But it didn't workout quite right for us. Unfortunately, he didn't make it."
Does Harvin have new structural damage to the hip?
"No. It's just responding from the load of the game. He had 19 plays and 16 active plays in there, so it wasn't much. He's just sore, so we don't want to push it beyond that right now. It's not worth it.
"We have to go day-to-day. That's the facts. That's the only way we can go right now. We don't see any big issue structurally, we've looked at everything, it's just him getting back and making sure he's balanced in that area so he can handle the workload."
At this point, it's looking like the Hawks are just being careful with Harvin, and I'm pretty certain that resident hip-expert Craig Johnstone would tell us this soreness is not surprising, particularly considering how quickly Harvin was able to come back from the surgery in the first place. Ultimately, Seattle wants Harvin around for the Playoffs, I'd assume, so at this stage in the game it's not important to rush anything. I would agree with this strategy.
Here's the rest of the injury report:
Out: CB Brandon Browner (groin).
Doubtful: WR Percy Harvin (hip).
Probable. WR Jermaine Kearse, RB Marshawn Lynch.
Probable: RB Darren Sproles (Ankle), G Jahri Evans (Ankle), CB Chris Carr (Hip/ Hamstring)
Questionable: DE Glenn Foster (Knee), LB Keyunta Dawson (Calf)
Finally, Carroll also mentioned that the Hawks are expecting to hear back on Brandon Browner's appeal at some point during the week. They cut Perrish Cox to leave Browner's roster spot open.
Here's a link to Carroll's presser: Pete Carroll Week 13 Saturday Press Conference