Russell Okung #76 of the Seattle Seahawks blocks against the Atlanta Falcons during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Georgia Dome on January 13, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Falcons defeated the Seahawks 30-28. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

by Curtis Crabtree
KJR reporter
Twitter: @Curtis_Crabtree

RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks are 9-1 and are just now getting healthy.

That's a scary thought for the rest of the NFC.

T Breno Giacomini and T Russell Okung were back at practice again after getting some work in last week. WR Percy Harvin was on the field for the first time in a couple weeks as he works back from hip surgery. C Max Unger and DE Red Bryant were back from concussions that forced them to miss Sunday's game in Atlanta.

It's just another step towards returning to full health for the stretch run in December.

"We’re really excited about the guys coming back," head coach Pete Carroll said. "There are a number of guys that returned to the practice field today, and for those guys who want to play so much and want to contribute and be part of the team, it’s really exciting for them."

In addition, Seattle's bye falls next week. It will effectively give Seattle's bruised and battered an additional two weeks to heal up before a massive Monday night showdown with the New Orleans Saints.

"With all of the guys that have returned to practice for us being able to play, and then resting and getting them back for that following week for the next game, we should really benefit from it," Carroll said.

Seattle has a chance to have their opening day starting offensive line back in place for the first time since Week 2 as Okung is eligible to return from the short-term injured reserve list this weekend.

Harvin has a chance to play for the first time as a member of the Seahawks since being acquired in a trade with this week's opponent, the Minnesota Vikings, in March.

It's a step towards becoming the team they envisioned before the season began.

"We've had a lot of success and we haven't had 100-percent of our best players out there," safety Earl Thomas said.

Carroll said it's still a day-to-day process for all of those players toward getting back on the field this week. Unger and Bryant returning to practice indicates they have passed concussion protocol and should be ready to play this week.

Okung and Giacomini both have good chances to play after being able to practice last week. However, Carroll said that they could still look to rotate them in and out during the game as they haven't played in two months.

"I would really like to keep it going and when you think if Breno and Russell can play in the game, they will not have played the full game at all," Carroll said. "So to think that they can go out there and just handle it is probably too much to expect and we have confidence in our guys."

Harvin is as close to playing as he's been throughout his recovery process. Wide receivers coach Kippy Brown told Dave "Softy" Mahler after practice that he expects Harvin will play Sunday.

"I would think so," Brown said.

Carroll said Harvin has really progressed in his rehab and they feel he's getting close to being able to play, though he wouldn't say that would necessarily happen this week.

"He feels 100 percent," Carroll said. He feels like he’s ready to go and go for it. He’s run really hard, I’ve seen him on the practice field a lot and watched him in his workouts, and he’s on it. It’s a pretty excited time so we’re all encouraged."

DT Jordan Hill returned to practice Wednesday after missing last week with a biceps strain. FB Derrick Coleman also practiced for the first time since Seattle's Week 7 win over the Arizona Cardinals after battling a hamstring strain.

DT Tony McDaniel was not able to practice Wednesday after suffering a hamstring strain Sunday in Atlanta. CB Brandon Browner's status is still undetermined as he suffered a serious groin injury against the Falcons. He could be placed on injured reserve to open a roster spot for the return of Okung at the end of the week.

S Jeron Johnson appears on track to play this week as well after missing the last three games with a hamstring strain.

CB Richard Sherman sat out practice Wednesday with a hip injury.

Injury Report:

Minnesota Vikings

Did Not Participate

DT Fred Evans (knee)
LB Erin Henderson (illness)
TE Kyle Rudolph (foot)

Limited Participation

RB Matt Asiata (shoulder)
TE Rhett Ellison (ankle)
FB Jerome Felton (back)
QB Christian Ponder (left shoulder)

Full Participation

CB Chris Cook (hamstring)
LB Chad Greenway (wrist)
DT Letroy Guion (chest)
T Charlie Johnson (elbow/toe)
T Phil Loadholt (concussion)
S Jamarca Sanford (groin)

Seattle Seahawks

Did Not Participate

CB Brandon Browner (groin)
DT Tony McDaniel (hamstring)
CB Richard Sherman (hip)
DE Chris Clemons (non-injury)

Limited Participation

FB Derrick Coleman (hamstring)
WR Percy Harvin (hip)
C Max Unger (concussion)
RB Marshawn Lynch (knee)
DT Jordan Hill (biceps)
LB Heath Farwell (knee)
DE Red Bryant (concussion)
S Kam Chancellor (hip)

Full Participation

T Breno Giacomini (knee)
S Jeron Johnson (hamstring)
LB Bruce Irvin (shoulder)