Seahawks WR Percy Harvin has been bullish on the thought he could return in time for Seattle’s matchup with the Arizona Cardinals next week but head coach Pete Carroll said that may be a little too optimistic.
“I don’t think that is realistic. I think that is too soon to expect that to happen,” Carroll said this week.
“We want him to be able to endure the rigors of the end of the season,” Carroll said. “It’s not important to rush him back, it’s important to wait it out and be patient and get him out there when he’s ready to go and withstand the load of the game.”
Harvin can return to practice anytime over the course of the next five weeks. Once he begins practicing, the Seahawks will have a 21-day window in which he can practice with the team before they need to place him on their active roster or end his season.
The Seahawks are winning, so they have no reason to risk Harvin's long-term availability by rushing him back early. He's a good fantasy asset to own, but he's going to be joining a run-heavy team midseason, so don't expect WR1-type numbers.