As the Seattle Seahawks continue to fly high this season, they prepare to take on a divisional rival St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football in week eight. This Rams team recently found out their quarterback Sam Bradford is out for the season, and should be a relatively easy win.
But, what would make it even easier? That’s right — Percy Harvin returning to the field.
Harvin returned to practice this week and says he feels great after this tough journey, but will he play?
“Today was an excellent day,” Harvin said after practice Tuesday according to ESPN. “It’s been a long ride, but it’s been worth it and I’m just ready to get back to work with my guys.”
But how soon does he plan on playing?
“I want to play as soon as possible,” Harvin said. “But we’re trying to be smart about it and we have a plan in place. I know one pace and that’s full stride, so it’s been tough. At the same time, I have to take progressions to not have any setbacks and hurt the team any further.”
Harvin seems to be a tough guy, having come back to practice already after some thought it could have been a season-ending injury.
“At first I was wondering if it would be season-ending,” Harvin said. “But the night after the surgery, I was already picking my leg up and riding a bike, so there was no doubt in my mind at that point that I could make a quick recovery.”
Head coach Pete Carroll doesn’t sound too ambitious in his approach to get Harvin back on the field, though.
“He’s got to get through normal days of practice, and we’ll see how he handles it,” Carroll said. “The thought we’ve been going with all along is to take the conservative approach and make sure he’s healthy. We’re going to continue to do that. We’ll take our time and see how he goes. The workload will increase as we go through the week and next week.”
If Carroll’s words are any indication, I wouldn’t count on Harvin suiting up Monday night. In fact, I think it would be a foolish move by the coach to throw Harvin on the field in a rather feasible game for the Seahawks. He’s got to get back into football shape and get himself a couple weeks of solid practice before getting out there.
I would not count on Harvin in the lineup this week, so if he’s sitting on your bench in a fantasy league, keep him there — for now. It shouldn’t be long before he’s back on the field making some eye-popping plays on his way to the end zone over and over once again.