For just the second time since being traded in March and then having hip surgery on Aug. 1, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin will play this season.
Harvin will return for Saturday’s divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field.
“Percy’s playing. He’s playing in the game,” coach Pete Carroll said after Thursday’s practice, via Seahawks.com. “We’re excited about him going, and excited for him. It’s been a long, long haul for a guy that’s such a great competitor, that it means so much to. For him to have the opportunity to join us now is really exciting I know for him and us, too. Love to have him.”
In Week 11, Harvin had a 58-yard kickoff return and a 17-yard reception in his only other game this season.
But he was sidelined until now because of stiffness and swelling in his surgically repaired hip.
“I had my days, they kind of went up and down,” Harvin said. “Especially from week to week, being out there a couple days, going to sleep not knowing if I was going to wake up in the morning with it swelled up. So it got really frustrating.
“I know for the organization it was frustrating, too, knowing that I could practice one day and maybe not practice the next day. So it was frustrating for a lot of people. My hat’s off to this organization just for staying patient with me. So I’m just ready to make it all pay off.”
Harvin’s new teammates helped him through the recovery.
“Richard Sherman, he came to me every single day just letting me know the team would keep it up,” Harvin said of the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback. “He always would say, ‘We got it, we’re going to need you to finish.’ He kept saying that and kept saying that to me.”
Harvin is excited to be back for the Seahawks playoff run.
“The playoffs, that’s what we all dream about,” Harvin said. “To have home-field advantage and all the things the team has put into place, it would be hard for me not to try to be out there. So everything worked out for the best and I’m looking forward to being out there and helping this team win.”