Percy Harvin ready to practice

As expected, wide receiver Percy Harvin will return to practice this week for the Seattle Seahawks, the team announced Monday.

The Seahawks have a rare Tuesday practice (usually an off day for the players) this week because of the Monday night game next week at St. Louis.

Harvin, who was acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings in the offseason, had major hip surgery Aug. 1 to repair a torn labrum. Normal recovery time for this type of surgery is three to four months, but Harvin has been tweeting for weeks that he would be back sooner than expected.

Per NFL rules, the Seahawks now have three weeks to decide whether to take Harvin off the physically unable to perform list and add him to the 53-man roster.

Harvin has hinted he wants to play at St. Louis; however, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Friday he plans to take a conservative approach on Harvin's return and make sure he is 100 percent ready to play.

Harvin is widely viewed as one of the most dynamic receivers in the NFL and a player who can add an explosive element to Seattle's passing game. The 25-year-old speedster signed with the Seahawks on March 12 in a deal that sent the Vikings a first-round and seventh-round pick from Seattle in 2013, along with a third-round pick in 2014. The Seahawks gave Harvin a five-year, $67 million contract.

Harvin was a first-round draft choice by Minnesota in 2009. He has 280 career receptions for 3,302 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also has rushed 107 times for 683 yards with four touchdowns. He has returned 114 kickoffs for 3,183 yards, with a Vikings franchise-record five kickoff return touchdowns.