After spending the first six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, receiver Percy Harvin is likely to begin practicing next week with the Seattle Seahawks, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
Source: #Seahawks star WR Percy Harvin scheduled to begin practicing next week. After hip surgery, he should play sooner, rather than later— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 17, 2013
Harvin, the Seahawks' biggest offseason acquisition, suffered a hip injury back in June and was expected to miss the entire season due to injury, which was sustained in practice. After talk that the 5'11", 184-pound receiver's potential return to the sidelines, it appears he might actually be ready earlier than expected.
Harvin's return would help second-year quarterback Russell Wilson and relieve some of the pressure put on receivers Sidney Rice and Golden Tate in the passing game.
Neither Rice nor Tate has eclipsed 300 yards receiving this season and have just three touchdowns combined. The addition might also help Marshawn Lynch, who has been asked to carry the load this season for the Seahawks, carrying the ball 117 times for 487 yards thus far.
At 5-1, the Seahawks are a team that has played their way to the top of a strong NFC West division, but could use help from Harvin to have a fresh team heading into the playoffs.
The fifth-year receiver has spent the last four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, compiling 3,302 receiving yards over 54 games before signing with the Seahawks in the offseason.
With the Seahawks playing the Vikings on Nov. 17, Seattle would certainly like to have arguably their best receiver on the field, and Harvin would love to show the Vikings what they missed out on when they didn't sign him to a new contract.