Wide receiver Percy Harvin #11 of the Seattle Seahawks is helped off the field late in the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at CenturyLink Field on January 11, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - WR Percy Harvin was absent from practice for the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday as he has yet to be cleared to return to practice after suffering a concussion Saturday against the New Orleans Saints.
Harvin took two massive blows in the game and was forced from Seattle's 23-15 victory over the Saints in the second quarter. New Orleans S Malcolm Jenkins hit Harvin in the back and drove his head into the turf after trying to corral a pass from QB Russell Wilson in the end zone.
Head coach Pete Carroll said Harvin was going to be evaluated by doctors on Wednesday afternoon.
"I won't have anything updated for you until after that," Carroll said.
Harvin has to be cleared by a team doctor and an independent doctor approved by the league in order to return to practice and again to play. Concussion symptoms have to complete subside before a player is cleared to return to limited duty in practice. If symptoms don't return, then he can participate fully in practice. If he can make it through both of those stages without incident, then he is in a position to be cleared to play.
Because the process takes several days to get fully cleared, Thursday looms as a pivotal day in Harvin's recovery. If he can't get back to practice on Thursday, there may not be enough time for Harvin to get cleared to play against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game.
LB K.J. Wright returned to practice for the first time Wednesday since suffering a broken bone in his right foot that required surgery during Seattle's last meeting with the 49ers in December.
Wright was limited in practice but appears to be on track to be available for the Seahawks this weekend.
"We'll see what that means," Carroll said. "We'll go day‑to‑day to see how he progresses through the week, but it looks promising. He's got a chance."
DT Jordan Hill did not practice with a groin injury. Hill suffered the injury last week and first appeared on the injury report on Thursday. Hill likely would not factor into the game this weekend anyway as he's only been active for one game since mid-November.
RB Marshawn Lynch sat out Wednesday's practice but it was just a rest day for the veteran running back.
San Francisco 49ers
Did Not Participate
LB Ahmad Brooks (illness)
DE Demarcus Dobbs (knee/shoulder)
C Jonathan Goodwin (foot)
DT Justin Smith (shoulder)
CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring)
FB Will Tukuafu (knee)
LB NaVorro Bowman (wrist)
WR Michael Crabtree (wrist)
RB Frank Gore (knee)
LB Dan Skuta (foot)
Did Not Participate
WR Percy Harvin (concussion)
DT Jordan Hill (groin)
RB Marshawn Lynch (non-injury)
LB K.J. Wright (foot)