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Percy Harvin likely looking at mid-November return, at best - ESPN
Percy Harvin is scheduled to undergo surgery on his ailing hip Thursday with Dr. Bryan Kelly of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Kelly has extensive experience operating on the hips of elite athletes across multiple sports, including Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas and Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

How Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson Improbably Became a Top NFL Talent | Bleacher Report
Russell Wilson ’s road to the NFL featured numerous twists and turns before the Seattle Seahawks drafted him in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft...

Seattle Seahawks NFL training camp 2013 snapshot | Audibles -
The Seattle Seahawks were, perhaps above all things, entertaining last season. From their controversial replacement ref-aided win over Green Bay in Week 3 to a 58-0 romp over Arizona to a pair of enthralling playoff games, the Seahawks delivered a fun, borderline cocky performance. The party came to a crashing halt in a matter of 21 seconds.

Brains and brawn make NFC West the best division in the NFL -
Led by young, aggressive front offices and coaches, the NFC West is transformed. And it's going to get even tougher with Arizona rebuilding.

Observations from Hawks Training Camp | Wait For It Seattle
Since many of the Wait For It Seattle readers have short attention spans and thus can’t handle a longer post, I will present my observations from Hawks Training Camp (Wednesday, July 31st) in bullet format.

Agent's Take: Examining best contracts from players' perspective -
Most contracts are assessed from the team's vantage point. But Joel Corry looks at which players did the best for themselves when they were in free agency.

Debating Rice's place on the 'All-Bad Contracts Team' -
All attention is on Percy Harvin and his hip injury, but a recent column on by Bill Barnwell that lists the some of the worst contracts in the NFL includes one of Harvin's teammates, fellow wide receiver Sidney Rice. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Pro Football Weekly's player rankings: Running Backs |
Pro Football Weekly’s player rankings are compiled with the help of NFL evaluators and coaches, with input from the entire PFW staff. Players are ranked based on their performances at positions they’ve played and are not projected at new positions to which they may move. Rookies are not included in the rankings. NFL personnel participated on condition of anonymity. PFW editors Arthur Arkush, Dan Arkush, Eric Edholm, Kevin Fishbain, Eli Kaberon, Dan Parr and Neil Warner contributed to this story.

Thursday practice report: Carroll says Harvin surgery “went very well” | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Seahawks have completed their seventh practice of Training Camp, a no-pads affair under cloudy skies at the VMAC. As has often been the case of late, the bigger news came afterward when coach Pete Carroll gave an update on receiver Percy Harvin, who had surgery on his hip today in New York. Carroll said [...]

Seahawks notebook: Michael making strong impression -
One thing to know before meeting Christine Michael: Dude's got a vice grip of a handshake.

Pete Carroll Training Camp Press Conference
Head coach Pete Carroll shares additional details on Percy Harvin's surgery, the health of the club, and what he saw from practice No. 7 of camp.

Kellen Winslow fueled after Seattle Seahawks' release in 2012 - ESPN New York
"They cut me over money. They put me in a bad situation," he said. "I can't even speak on it. It's just frustrating what happened. You just don't do a vet like that."

Percy Harvin’s impending surgery far from disastrous for the Seahawks | Audibles -
After seeking out a second opinion on his injured hip, Percy Harvin announced Tuesday that he will undergo surgery later this week. That decision means that the Seahawks will be without their new, high-priced wide receiver for at least the first several weeks of the season, leaving them with ...

Fantasy football 2013 draft preview: Seattle Seahawks team report - Fantasy Sports - Michael Beller -
Fantasy football draft season is fast approaching. Prep to win your league with's ongoing preview, including team-by-team breakdowns that examine each club's key fantasy storyline and much more.

Seahawks sign former Meridian, WSU tight end Andrei Lintz | Whatcom Connections | The Bellingham Herald
“His agent called at about 5 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday, July 31) and said they were interested in bringing him in and look at signing him to a free agent contract,” Galina said in a phone interview. “They said the Seahawks wanted to bring him in, so they had him stay in a Seattle hotel — the Hilton — last night. They gave him a physical at 8 this morning (Thursday, Aug. 1). I talked to him after, and they were still going to do some more tests.”

Seahawks jumped when Schofield became available | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Two days after being considered expendable by rebuilding Arizona, linebacker O’Brien Schofield found himself a wanted commodity by a Seattle team considered a Super Bowl favorite.

Jaguars' Forsett suffers sprained toe | National Football Post
Injury took place in first live drill of camp.

All indications are Willis will be fine | ProFootballTalk
Yes, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis has a slight fracture in his right hand. No, it's not a concern for the team or the player. Per a league source, all current indications are that Willis will be fine, despite the reported discovery of a fracture in his hand during Thursday X-rays.

Pete Carroll on Jermaine Kearse: ‘He’s a vital part of what we’re doing’
Special teams. Slot receiver. Split end. Flanker. Second-year receiver Jermaine Kearse is juggling all these duties during the Seahawks training camp, and his versatility is vital with Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin sidelined.

Seahawks notebook: Offense moves on without Harvin -
Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate insist the Seahawks have enough depth at wide receiver to withstand the loss of Percy Harvin, who is expected to miss a significant portion of the regular season while he recovers from hip surgery. - Blog 710 ESPN Seattle at

Time for young 'skill' players to step up - NFC West Blog - ESPN
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Greetings from the construction site known as San Francisco 49ers headquarters. The new stadium dwarfs the facility across the blocked-off street. I'll be watching practices and conducting interviews over the next couple days.

Best Case/Worst Case: WRs - Offseason Low Down -
Patrick Daugherty theorizes the best and worst case scenarios for the league's top 32 wide receivers.

Seattle Seahawks Blog - Hawk Blogger: 2013 Seahawks Training Camp News & Notes: July 30+31st Edition (5+6th practice)
Alvin Bailey continues to excel Bailey handled all comers on Tuesday in pass protection, and for the first time, I got a decent look at him during running drills. He drove Jaye Howard almost entirely across from the left tackle spot to the right tackle spot on one play. It would be silly to predict too much after a handful of training camp practices, but Bailey has the look of a future starter and upgraded depth at tackle right away. Finding a future starting tackle in a player that was a guard in college and went undrafted would be just the latest in a string of mind-blowing scouting marvels from John Schneider and gang.

Asomugha Disrupts Offensive Momentum
The free agent addition recorded his first interception of camp on Wednesday.

49ers Blog and Q&A: Training camp D7: Asomugha continues to shine but Brock has No. 3 CB role
The 49ers went through training-camp practice No. 7 without some major members of their defense - Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman, Aldon Smith and Chris Culliver, who appeared to suffer a serious left knee injury while covering a punt early in the session.

49ers Blog and Q&A: Chris Culliver goes down with knee injury
Another prominent member of the 49ers went down with an injury in practice today. Chris Culliver, the team's No. 3 cornerback, was running down the field on a one-on-one punt coverage drill with rookie Marcus Cooper blocking him when he fell to the ground and clutched his left knee. Culliver immediately summoned a trainer and eventually was carted into the the team's training room, his head in his hands.

The Tape Never Lies: Terrelle Pryor lacks basic footwork and vision | 100 Yards and Running | Blogs |
When Al Davis died in 2011, his last draft selection, quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the third round of the supplemental draft, became his last hope of turning around a franchise he ruthlessly drove into the ground for years. Davis constantly struggled to find a quarterback he could rely on to lead his franchise back to glory, badly whiffing on LSU’s Jamarcus Russell in 2007, which was the biggest reason — besides Davis himself — why the franchise struggled to find the success early in the decade when it went to (and lost) a Super Bowl.

The Biggest Early Revelations from NFL Training Camps | Bleacher Report
Training camps in the NFL may have begun only a few days ago, but that doesn ’t mean we can’t learn anything significant this early into the summer...