Harvin may play, but Browner is out

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seahawks could get all three offensive line starters back this week for the home game against the Minnesota Vikings, along with the likely debut of receiver Percy Harvin.

That’s the good news. But it’s also possible the team has lost cornerback Brandon Browner for the season after what coach Pete Carroll called "a significant groin injury" in Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

“It looks pretty serious,’’ Carroll said in his Monday news conference. “We’ll find out more later this week.”

Carroll said they don’t know yet whether the injury is season ending. During his 710ESPN Seattle radio show Monday morning, Carroll said the Seahawks were waiting on the results of an MRI.

“He had a significant pop and he could feel it,” Carroll said. “But [Walter] Thurmond stepped up and played really well. We have total confidence in him.”

Thurmond started the first two games of the season when Browner was out with a hamstring injury.

But the Seahawks likely will gain more starters than they lose this week. Harvin was placed on the 53-man roster and will practice Wednesday.

Both starting offensive tackles – Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini – will practice with the goal of playing Sunday. Center Max Unger will return to practice after sitting out last week with a concussion.

Carroll said defensive linemen Red Bryant also is expected to return this week after missing Sunday’s game with a concussion from the Tampa Bay game.

"Max and Red still are day to day, but we expect them to make it back this week,'’ Carroll said. “Our young guys on the offensive line played really well Sunday, so we feel good about our situation there. We’ll use all our options there [this week] and it will be very competitive.”

Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel left Sunday's game in the first half with a hamstring injury, but Carroll said he thought McDaniel was OK and could have returned to the game had they needed him.