Carroll says he's proud of Harvin

RENTON, Wash. -- Whether Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin plays in next weekend's playoff game at Seattle remains uncertain, but coach Pete Carroll said he is proud of the effort Harvin has made to get back on the field.

"I'm really proud of how he's fought to get to this point," Carroll said after Friday's practice. "It's been a long process, but the fact that we're near the end now, he's just going to push to see if he can do it.

"He would not back off. He might have had the opportunity to waiver and give in to it and say, 'I just have to wait.' But it means so much to him. I'm really proud of him that he's made it to this point, whether he plays or not."

Carroll was pleased with what he saw from Harvin in Friday's practice.

"He looked really sharp today," Carroll said. "He participated in everything today with the exception of the two-minute drill. I think he felt pretty good about it. He still has a little governor on what he's doing, which is the right thing to do. He'll come back next week and get after it. We expect he's going to be able to make some progress."

Harvin had hip surgery Aug. 1 to repair a torn labrum. He aggravated his hip in his season debut against Minnesota on Nov. 17 and had not returned to practice until this week.

Carroll was asked when the team would know if Harvin can play in the Jan. 11 game at CenturyLink Field.

"I can't tell you that," Carroll said. "We will not rush to the decision. We'll take all the information in and continue to encourage him. He definitely knows what we're doing and understands the offense. He's very encouraged and we're excited for him."

The only player ruled out for the Jan. 11 game is linebacker K.J. Wright, who had foot surgery two weeks ago.

"But the chances of K.J. making it back for the next game [the NFC championship game], if we are fortunate enough to make it, are really promising," Carroll said. "He's making such progress, [the doctors] think he could do that."

Carroll also said rookie tight end Luke Willson, who has a high ankle sprain, was running on the field Friday and has a good chance to play Jan. 11.