Percy Harvin practiced in full on Thursday for the first time since his hip injury in August and is expected to make his Seahawks debut against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings, on Sunday.
With Harvin on the field, the Seahawks can expect to see an increase in the passing game, which averages just over 208 yards per game, 24th in the NFL.
Harvin has averaged 70 receptions for 825 yards and five touchdowns per year in his first four season in the NFL.
Harvin has also earned a reputation for being a fantastic special teams player, scoring at least one touchdown via kickoff return each year since 2009. It would make sense to make him the main kick returner while allowing Golden Tate to maintain his position returning punts.
The last time Harvin played in an NFL game was at CenturyLink field on Nov. 4, 2012, when the Seahawks hosted the Vikings. In that game, Harvin had two receptions for 10 yards before leaving with an ankle injury.
But Harvin is just the tip of the iceberg on a long list of Seahawks who are returning from injury.
Red Bryant (head), Max Unger (head), Russell Okung (toe), and Breno Giacomini (knee) all practiced in full on Thursday and are considered probable for Sunday’s game.
It’s worth noting that three of those players will be returning to a depleted offensive line, which could make a big difference for the Seahawks offense as the season presses on.
A protective offensive line means more protection for Russell Wilson and more time to throw the ball to playmakers like Tate and…Percy Harvin.
Funny how things work round circle like that.
As of Friday morning, here is the rest of the injury report:
Kam Chancellor (hip)
Richard Sherman (hip)
Marshawn Lynch (knee)
Max Unger (head)
Jordan Hill (biceps)
Derrick Coleman (illness)
Chris Clemons (not-injury related)
Red Bryant (head)
Percy Harvin (hip)
Jeremy Lane (thigh)
Tony McDaniel (hamstring)
Brandon Browner (groin)