Brandon Browner's status still uncertain

RENTON, Wash. -- Other than receiver Percy Harvin, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said he didn’t expect any other player to be "limited’’ in practice this week. The Seahawks have Thanksgiving off before returning to the facility Friday in preparation for the Monday night game against the Saints.

Cornerback Brandon Browner, however, remains out with a severe groin pull while he awaits the final word on his possible one-year suspension for substance abuse. To have a one-year suspension, it means Browner would be in stage 3 on the NFL substance-abuse program and have at least two previous positive tests.

That could be the point of debate in Browner's appeal of the suspension. He is hoping to hear news that the length of the suspension will be reduced.

Carroll said Harvin only worked “lightly” in practice Wednesday, but that likely will be the drill for him the rest of this season.

“Yeah, I do think we’re in a mode here where we’ve got to really manage him,” Carroll said. “We will take care of him as much as possible.”

Harvin, who had major hip surgery on Aug. 1 to repair a torn labrum, made his Seahawks debut on Nov. 17 against his former Minnesota teammates, returning a kickoff 58 yards and making an impressive fingertip catch on a 17-yard pass.

Carroll said after the game that Harvin was ‘‘a little sore,” but that wasn’t unexpected for a guy who hadn't played an NFL game in over a year. Last week Carroll said he thought Harvin was ready to go 100 percent in the games, but it appears they will continue to be cautious with Harvin in practice.

“We’re going to keep looking at it until he really is just fully strong and has no [issues] from the game we just played,” Carroll said. “We will go day to day with how we take care of him. So yeah, that’s what we’re facing, I think, probably through the entire finish of the regular season.”