RENTON — Little has gone as expected during Percy Harvin's first season with the Seahawks.
Thursday, though, developed just as the Seahawks had planned. As the team returned to the practice field following two days off during what is essentially a bye week, Harvin was right there with them. Just as Seattle coach Pete Carroll had said earlier he be would earlier.
Seattle coaches did not address the media afterward, nor did Harvin. And since the Seahawks are not playing a game this week, they did not have to release a practice report and detail how much he participated.
But Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said it was "exciting" to see Harvin back on the field.
"If we can get Percy Harvin back, he is one of the best players in the National Football League, and he has been for the past 4-5 years. So to get him back out on the field, we can see his effect. We can sense his ability," Wilson said. "I am happy for him. Man, I really hope he can play in the playoffs and get out there and get that feeling again of being a big-time football player like he always has been. We are excited about that-if that's the case."
Practicing once, though, does not guarantee that Harvin will take part in Seattle's first playoff game Jan. 11 at CenturyLink Field against the Packers, Saints or 49ers.
Carroll, when he met with the media Monday, said Harvin would need to show in practices he is ready to play.
"He's going to practice on Thursday and we'll see what happens from there," Carroll said.
Carroll's announcement Monday afternoon that Harvin would practice this week caught many by surprise. The Seahawks coach had indicated several times in previous days that Harvin might be headed to the Injured Reserve list.
For now, the Seahawks just want to see him running again Jan. 11.