Wide receiver Percy Harvin #11 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on November 17, 2013 in Seattle,Wa. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
Harvin is listed as doubtful to play Monday night against the New Orleans Saints after experiencing continued soreness in his surgically repaired hip.
Head coach Pete Carroll said Saturday that Harvin isn't responding as quickly as they had anticipated to get over the soreness from his first game-action in over a year.
"We thought that (the soreness) would go with a week break and all of that, but it just lasted a little longer than we thought, and if anything at all is not right we're not going with him," Carroll said. "We're going to make sure he's 100 percent before we go."
Harvin made his debut for Seattle two weeks ago against the Minnesota Vikings and played 21 plays in the game - 19 coming on offense and two on special teams.
Carroll said after the game that Harvin was a bit sore but that he expected him to be fully available when they got back from their bye week. Instead, Harvin has not been able to practice and appears unlikely to play against the Saints.
"He's just sore and so we don't want to push beyond that right now. It's not worth it," Carroll said.
Carroll said there isn't anything structurally wrong with Harvin's hip. It's still just going to be a day-by-day process to see how he's responding.
Browner decision expected next week:
CB Brandon Browner will not play Monday night against the New Orleans Saints due to a groin injury.
We knew this. What we still don't know is if he will be suspended by the league for a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy.
Browner is reportedly facing a suspension for a drug violation. He elected to appeal to suspension and the appeal was heard on Wednesday. Head coach Pete Carroll said they expect to find out what his status is by the middle of next week.
"That’s kind of what’s been indicated, but that doesn’t mean that’s what’s going to happen, but that’s what normally would happen," Carroll said.
Seattle signed CB Perrish Cox Tuesday only to release him on Wednesday. Carroll said the reason was due to the uncertainty over Browner's situation and his status on the roster.
"We didn’t know what we would do with Brandon Browner really at the time, and we’re still waiting to figure out what his status is going to be," Carroll said. "That really is what happened, just to keep that spot alive."
The answer indicates that the team is still optimistic Browner can make is back from his groin injury to contribute in the playoffs if the appeal brings a favorable ruling.
New Orleans Saints
DE Glenn Foster (knee) - DNP
LB Keyunta Dawson (calf) - DNP
RB Darren Sproles (ankle) - Full
G Jahri Evans (ankle) - Full
CB Chris Carr (hip/hamstring)
CB Brandon Browner (groin)
WR Percy Harvin (hip)
RB Marshawn Lynch (knee)
WR Jermaine Kearse (concussion)