Seahawks hoping Harvin can contribute this season

Seattle coach Pete Carroll says Percy Harvin has successful hip surgery, could play late this season

eric.williams@thenewstribune.comAugust 2, 2013 

Rookie defensive end Benson Mayowa (light jersey), taking on starting left tackle Russell Okung during an organized team activity in May, is making an impression during Seahawks training camp.

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RENTON — Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin had hip surgery Thursday, and Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Harvin playing this season remains a distinct possibility.

Carroll said after practice that Harvin had successful surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his hip by Dr. Bryan Kelly in New York.

Carroll said Harvin will remain in New York for two weeks to rehabilitate after surgery before returning to the team.

“We don’t have any dates, or timelines or that kind of stuff,” Carroll said. “But we’re going to be very optimistic, and hopefully he’s going to get back as soon as possible, and gradually we can get him fixed up and ready to go.”

Carroll said the expectation remains that Harvin will return to action this season, although no timetable has been established for his return.

Recovery time for Harvin’s hip procedure can take up to 16 weeks.

“With all the information we got, we’re more hopeful that he will have a chance to get back,” Carroll said.

Carroll said he expects receiver Sidney Rice back from his trip to Switzerland, where he received preventative treatment for a knee issue, in the next day or so.

Carroll also provided information on the injury status of starting middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, who has missed the past two training camp practices with a sore shoulder – one of 20

players who did not practice for the Seahawks on Thursday.

“We’re resting some guys,” Carroll said. “There’s an array of guys that we’re resting, just because it’s that time to do that. But we’ve got a couple nagging groins and things like that. Nothing serious at this point, but Bobby’s shoulder is kind of sore. And you saw that Luke (Willson) was out here in a red shirt just because he has a sore shoulder, too.”

Tight end Zach Miller and running back Robert Turbin, who started training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list with foot issues, are expected to get going in the next week or so.

“Turbo has a chance to get back next week sometime,” Carroll said. “For sure in two weeks, if everything keeps going like it is. He’s running now. He’s working out hard.

“We’re just trying to make sure that we give him enough time to get back in shape, so once he starts working at the clip we go at, that he’ll be all right. And that’s the same with Zach.”

Carroll acknowledged there’s a chance that defensive end Chris Clemons is far enough along in his rehab from surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament that he could see action in an exhibition game.

“We’re really excited about the progress he’s been making,” Carroll said. “We’ve got some hopeful thoughts about that, that we’ll kind of keep under our hat. But he’s doing well.”

MAYOWA MAKING A GOOD IMPRESSION

If you’re looking for this year’s J.R. Sweezy – a dark horse who makes the Seahawks’ roster – keep an eye on undrafted rookie free agent Benson Mayowa.

With starting “Leo” defensive end Clemons on the PUP list while recovering from ACL knee surgery and his backup Cliff Avril nursing a hamstring injury, Mayowa has been working with the first-unit defense at times.

And he’s more than held his own

“The one thing that struck me early is he’s ready to go compete,” Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said. “... There’s some guys who might step back when it really gets going, and he’s just the opposite. So I’m encouraged by what I see, and each day we’re developing him.”

The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Mayowa first caught the attention of the Seahawks’ personnel department at the NFL regional scouting combine held at the team’s facility in March when he ran a 4.65-second 40-yard dash and posted a vertical jump of 38 inches.

The University of Idaho product consistently flashes speed off the edge during one-on-one pass rush drills.

“He’s done a really cool job at this camp,” Carroll said. “He’s shown an unusual knack for rushing the passer, and so far he’s been very impressive. We don’t know what that means yet, we haven’t gotten him in enough live situations, but every day he’s come up with a play of some sort to gain some recognition.”

Mayowa said he played the same position of weak-side defensive end at Idaho in a similar 4-3 defensive scheme, so that has helped his transition.

He finished with three sacks and eight tackles for loss his final season for the Vandals.

“There’s a lot of players that come from playing linebacker and then go to that,” he said. “But me playing the same position, I’ve got the upper hand right now. And that’s going to help me.”

With players such as Clemons and Avril injured, Mayowa has taken advantage of his consistent playing time.

“This is a great opportunity,” Mayowa said. “Especially being a rookie, I didn’t get drafted so I have to make the team. And people are hurt, people are out so I have to step in, and I have to give it my all every day.”

HERD RELEASED

The Seahawks waived/injured Steilacoom High graduate Greg Herd on Thursday.

The Eastern Washington University receiver sat out most of Thursday’s practice with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.

The Seahawks cut Herd because they needed the extra spot on the 90-man roster to add receiver Perez Ashford.

The Seahawks claimed Ashford, a Northern Illinois product, off waivers from New England.

Seattle also signed undrafted rookie tight end Andrei Lintz, a former star at Meridian High near Bellingham and Washington State University. In order to make room for Lintz, the Seahawks released running back Ray Holley.

MOCK GAME TODAY

Carroll said the team will run through a mock game during the team’s training camp practice this morning.

In anticipation of the team scrimmage, Seattle ran through a light practice Thursday with helmets and jerseys but no pads.

Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 eric.williams@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks

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