SEATTLE — Percy Harvin won’t make his Seattle Seahawks debut on “Monday Night Football.”
Harvin practiced with the team for the first time this week since undergoing hip surgery on Aug. 1 and looked closer to playing Monday against the St. Louis Rams with each passing day.
“He won’t be able to do it this quick,” coach Pete Carroll said.
Instead, Harvin might make his first appearance the following week in Seattle when the Seahawks play host to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Seahawks had a quasi-bye week with nine days between their Thursday night victory against the Arizona Cardinals and Monday’s game at St. Louis. That played to Harvin’s advantage as he eased into his first team practice of the season on Tuesday.
The coming short week will give the Seahawks pause.
“Next week is a little shorter, that doesn’t help us,” Carroll said. “But we will just deal with it then and we’ll just deal with it one shot at a time as it comes to us.”
On the flip side, the Seahawks will return a different key member – Bobby Wagner.
Carroll said he expects linebacker Wagner to be in the starting lineup Monday after suffering a high ankle sprain in the loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He missed the past two games while K.J. Wright rotated from outside to middle linebacker.
Carroll said Wagner was more than two weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery.
“I don’t know how he did it,” Carroll said. “The trainers don’t know either, but they did a good job of bringing him back.”
Wagner had an idea.
“Probably a mixture between God and my cousins, the Ninja Turtles,” he deadpanned about his pop culture favorites after Saturday’s practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. He also joked that the pizza he ate might have played a factor.
It was likely a more conventional approach.
“I really had to come in. I was spending all my time trying to rehab, spending as much time as I can,” Wagner said. “I feel like I’m moving real well. I feel like I can plant off it; that I can engage pretty well. So I feel like I wouldn’t hurt the team.”
Carroll said wide receiver Golden Tate looked good this week after he injured his foot last week against the Cardinals. That leaves the receiving core of Tate, Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin intact as they continue to wait for Harvin’s debut.
“We are managing (Harvin’s) rehabilitation and trying to do it really right,” Carroll said. “We worked him hard, then we rested him and we will continue to do that until his conditioning is caught up and he’s ready to go.”
Carroll said fullback Michael Robinson, re-signed earlier this week from free agency, played well with the offense through practice and appeared to have quickly regrasped the playbook since being let go in training camp.
Carroll said Robinson should also be a factor on special teams.
“We are going to count on Mike to jump right in,” Carroll said. “He’s going to be in the flow of the game and play like normal. We haven’t had to change anything. He’s picked up, like you think he would, right where he left off. He’s in good shape, he’s taking care of himself, so we are anxious to get him into the game.”TJ Cotterill: 253-597-8677 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks