Harvin out, but Wagner will play Monday

RENTON, Wash. -- The wait will continue on Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin, but middle linebacker Bobby Wagner will play Monday night.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Saturday that Harvin will not be activated for the game at St. Louis, but Wagner will return after missing the past two games with a high ankle sprain.

“He’s going to play in the game,” Carroll said of Wagner. “He practiced well. He may be two or three weeks ahead of what we thought would happen. I don’t know how he did it and the trainers don’t know, either, but they did a great job getting him back.”

Wagner said he isn’t 100 percent, but he’s ready to play.

“It was a little sore, but I feel I’m moving well off it and can plant off it,” Wagner said after practice Saturday. “When I first got hurt, I wanted to come back the next day, but it was a process. I was spending all my time trying to get back as soon as I could.”

But the Harvin debut remains on hold.

“He won’t be playing in this game,” Carroll said after practice. “He won’t be able to do it this quick. We’re managing his rehabilitation and trying to do it right. We worked him hard [earlier this week] then we rested him. We’ll continue to do that until his conditioning is caught up and he’s ready to go.”

Harvin had major hip surgery on Aug. 1 to repair a torn labrum. He started participating in practice this week. The Seahawks have a three-week window, which started Monday, to activate Harvin off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

“Next week is a little shorter and that doesn’t help us,” Carroll said. “But we’re just dealing with it day-to-day and we’re really excited about getting this close to his return.”

Carroll said he was pleased with how Harvin looked in practice earlier this week.

“He did fine,” Carroll said. “He looked great when we were working him, and then we needed to rest him to make sure he can handle the workload. He’s a hard-charger and he’s not going to sit back. When he goes, he goes, so we have to be sure and manage that. But we’re totally pleased with how he’s worked to get back. When we can do it, we will.”

Also listed as out for Monday night are offensive tackle Breno Giacomini (knee), along with safety Jeron Johnson and fullback Derrick Coleman, both with hamstring injuries.

Listed as probably are wide receiver Golden Tate (shoulder) and running back Christine Michael (illness). But Carroll said Tate, who practiced all week, is fine and Michael practiced Saturday.