The Seattle Seahawks made one of the biggest moves of the offseason in acquiring Percy Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings, but it appears the versatile offensive weapon will be on the shelf for much of the 2013 slate.
As reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Harvin will require surgery for a hip injury he sustained last week and is expected to miss three to four months of action:
Percy Harvin will have surgery on Thursday in NYC, with Dr. Bryan Kelly performing. Then, the 3-4 month recovery clock starts. Nov. return?— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 31, 2013
Should Harvin require the full four months in recovery, he’ll be scheduled back in time for the Seahawks’ final five games of the season (all taking place immediately following a Week 12 bye).
After seeking a second opinion on his torn labrum, Harvin himself tweeted the news and expressed some disappointment in the situation:
when everything is goin good sometimes life throw u a curve ball... sorry to half to report that my injury will require surgery...— Percy Harvin (@Percy_Harvin) July 30, 2013
Nobody was more anxious and excited about season then....but I will be back strong as ever..i appreciate all the love and prayers 12th man— Percy Harvin (@Percy_Harvin) July 30, 2013
Despite the extended timetable for Harvin’s return, Rapoport’s report has to come as a relative relief for Seahawks fans expecting the wideout to potentially miss the entire season, as head coach Pete Carroll expressed to Tom Pelissero of USA Today on Friday: “If you have hip surgery, it's a lot longer than the season. Hip surgery, he's not going to play for the season.”
Carroll may have been slightly off on that estimate, but Seattle is still likely to designate Harvin to the PUP list or injured reserve (with designation for return).
The Seahawks acquired Harvin from Minnesota in March in exchange for first-round selection in the 2013 draft, and a mid- and seventh-round pick in 2014. In four seasons with the Vikings, Harvin tallied 3,302 yards and 20 touchdowns, despite missing seven games last season due to injury.