Harvin had other plans.
"We had to go back and forth a couple of times over that," Harvin said Wednesday. "They really wanted me to get my rest and make sure the hip was OK. But after the first two or three days, I felt like I was in a rhythm and I wanted to put my practices back-to-back.
"I was getting all the signals down with Russell [Wilson] and I didn't want to take days off. I wanted to stay in the mix. I was recovering with no problems. Now things are coming to me real fast. As I kept going, my legs kept getting fresher and fresher. I'm feeling very, very good right now."
Harvin has worked as hard as anyone this summer, going full speed in almost every practice. That includes the day after getting spiked on his right heel. He was back practicing the next day with his lower leg taped up.
And as far as his surgically-repaired hip goes, Harvin said he's 100 percent. He missed most of last season after surgery to repair a torn labrum, but he said all the down time helped with nagging injuries besides his hip.
He was asked Wednesday when was the last time he felt this healthy.
"Maybe before college," Harvin said. "All my injuries I've had, last year just let everything heal up that much more. My hip was affecting a lot of other things -- my hamstrings, my knees and things like that. But my legs feel like they're supposed to feel now, very fluid and very smooth. It's all good."
Harvin said he can see improvements in his game that other people may not see.
"I have a lot more motion than I'm used to having and can do a lot more cuts," he said. "I'm able to do a lot of different things that I wasn't able to do before."
Wilson said he has noticed how defenses change when Harvin is on the field.
"When he has the football in his hands, I feel like people get a little nervous," Wilson said. "I get that sense. His presence on the field is a good thing for us. He's a MVP-type player."
Does Harvin think an MVP season is a possibility?
"I don't set goals on personal things," Harvin said. "As long as I'm out there everything will take care of itself."